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Fair Maiden Double IPA - Foley Brothers Brewing

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world-class

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 562
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 100
Gots: 126 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Foley Brothers Brewing
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-26-2014

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Photo of rouellette19
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fair Maiden was the beer to have at the 2014 VT Brewers Festival for IPA lovers, (which I am). At the time of writing this review I have had many other Foley Brothers beers and I must say that Fair Maiden has in some ways run its course with me.

It is a world class beer for sure. However, the skill with which it was crafted makes me crave an even better version. That said, the more recent beer releases from them have gone above and beyond Fair Maiden. Pieces of 8 has met and exceeded its predecessor, not to mention Prospect, which is a closer bad cousin to their Citrennial.

For me this beer will always be the one that started it all. Tasting notes for those who want them.....

Nose: This beer was one of the very first that gave me taste wise what my nose had promised me. Very noticeable grapefruit and almost pineapple sweetness with a finish of earthy pine.

Look: Nailed the color on this one. Merky Amber that almost favors a golden hue. Wouldnt expect any less from a great DIPA.

Taste: Fruity Sweetness with a fantastically smooth finish that is consistent throughout.

Finish: A mind clearing and altering experience. Comparable with such activities as: sex, skydiving and driving on the highway at grossly high speeds. (1,242 characters)

Photo of CraftFan5
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This should be fun. 22 oz. bomber into a tulip.

A - Very clear, obviously filtered. A slightly pale orange, almost a cross between a west coast IPA and a Vermont IPA. Very attractive.

N - I can detect it from here, although not strongly. Smells piney and hoppy, but not incredibly bitter, which is how I like it.

T - Similar to the nose. It's plenty hoppy, but not bitter at all. It's actually a bit sweet, malty? I dunno, it's like what one would have considered hoppy back in the 90s, and plenty sweet and drinkable. Impressive.

M - Becomes froth immediately, like it's not a liquid. Coating everywhere, and extremely smooth. Very well done.

O - I am impressed with them, and it's tough to wow me IPA-wise. Me likey. (734 characters)

Photo of sprat1960
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Rich gold color; cloudy/opaque. Pours a rich 3+ finger cream-colored head that dies down gradually leaving a thick layer of foam on the surface of the beer, with lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Some small bubble present upon close inspection. Perfect, in my opinion.

Smell: Citrus, slight pine and lots of mild hops. Inviting.

Taste: Slight pine flavor, followed by full citrus (mostly lemon, some grapefruit), ending with lots of delicious hops. Awesome.

Feel: Medium to full in body. Starts with a slight tingle on the roof of your mouth from the mild carbonation, smooth velvety middle with an extremely mild dry finish. Rich and fulfilling.

Overall; A wonderful DIPA; one of the best that I have ever had. Smooth, fulfilling and delicious! Super fresh! (800 characters)

Photo of CayseyW
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Beautiful light hazy orange body. The head is thick and white with huge lace retention.
S: Very nuanced aromas in this beer. Stone fruits mostly dominate the nose, but there are citrus notes as well.
T: As others have noted, this tastes a lot like a West Coast IPA. It opens sweet and fruity and finishes dry and citrusy. The finish is long and as it develops more the citrus really overtakes the sweeter fruit flavors you initially get.
F: This beer has an amazing mouthfeel. Very soft, but also well carbed. Very minimal booze detected. Perhaps a touch too bitter, but that was only after the first sip or two.
O: This is a really nice beer. I must admit, I was a little disappointed because I have been waiting to try this but wasn't expecting so much West Coast influence. Not my favorite from the brewer (I prefer Pieces of Eight), but it definitely shows their range in style. At the end of the day, this is an outstanding offering. (942 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Citrus, Rind, Tea, Rustic

A well sought after New England brewed Double IPA and deservedly so. Smacks of every part of the orange with hints of tea and wild flowers, oh what hops can do. Perfect level of alcohol mingles with a semi-chewy malt foundation and the notice that this is an unfiltered brew. A little too drinkable as it is an ease to knock back.

STYLE: American Double IPA | ABV: 8.2% | AVAILABILITY: Limited

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #94 (NOV 2014) (478 characters)

Photo of Chuckletheturtle
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I ended up wondering about bottling date, after being so intrigued by the sweet medium high carbonation, so upon looking couldn't even get a hint on the bottle. Nevertheless, this is worth finding and evaluating and guessing about it's age but question why they took the trouble to note on the bottle "Drink this Beer Fresh." (325 characters)

Photo of ScaryEd
3.47/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a minimal white head. Some pretty good lacing around the glass.

The smell is fruity, with some notes of tangerine and melon. I detect the faintest hint of pine as well.

The taste is very malt-forward for a DIPA, with the sweet, biscuity malt coming through quite aggressively. There are also notes of orange and tangerine, as well as some subtle notes of grass on the back end.

The feel is medium-bodied with light carbonation. This is a very smooth, dry beer.

Overall, pretty disappointed with this one given the hype. This drinks more like a 6% IPA than an 8.2% DIPA. That said, it's still a solid beer, and one I'd give a try again. I would love to see how this beer is on tap and to see if there are any significant changes. My biggest issue with this is the malt being so strong. I love a well-balanced IPA (and DIPA) but this is a bit much for me. It's too sweet and the hop notes are simply too restrained to be worth noting. (980 characters)

Photo of winningwes91
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very clear orange color with about a finger and a half of fluffy white head. Smells of some hops and citrus, but mostly malty sweetness. Taste follows suit with the malt dominating even more here. I think it may be past its prime. Wish they dated their bottles, because i have no way of knowing. Solid, but nothing groundbreaking. (342 characters)

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Pale golden color, slightly hazy. Thick two inch head that dissipates quickly.

Nice malt character smells of orange blossom. A hint of citrusy with a nice flower hop aroma and a slight honey from the malt.

Taste is hop resin with sweet honey notes from the malt. Nicely balanced. (337 characters)

Photo of ThomasJ25
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid Double IPA but it has a lot of competition with Heady, SOS, Hill Farmstead, etc. I enjoyed the beer and it was a fine example of a double IPA, but still has a lot to go to get to the next level. (201 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. bottle. Foley Brothers usually show a bottling date but not on this one. Sampled on July 19, 2015.

The pour is golden yellow under a frothy, white head that fades some but never goes away.

The hop aromas are of the resiny kind. Not so much grapefruit, citrus, or floral. Toasted malts under it all.

Medium to better than medium body.

This beer has a notable sweetness among those bitter hops. The bitterness reflects the aroma with a more resiny character at the finish. But it finishes smooth for certain. Hopheads might be cool to this one but should appreciate it. (591 characters)

Photo of BradC
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy light blonde with tons of head and sticky lacing. Smells of grapefruit, citrus, pine...definite great hop aroma. Taste follows the aroma, juicy citrus, mango, not really bitter. Not overly carbed, mouthfeel is perfect to not be too biting but still make the hops stand out. Overall, another great DIPA from VT. (329 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Finally got my hands on a bottle! Acquired at the CBC in Waterbury, VT.
A: Hazy gold with a thin white lacing.
S: Grapefruit, tangerine, peach, some pine. Tropical notes galore.
T: Similar to the nose.
M: Super crisp, super hoppy with a slight bitterness and a dry finish. Medium-high carbonation, with a medium body to it.
O: Not bad overall, but perhaps I put more hype into it then it was worth. (398 characters)

Photo of santomark
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
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! (582 characters)

Photo of acread
4.91/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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 bready 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. (650 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.28/5  rDev -24.1%
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. (1,593 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (1,513 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: golden yellow with a bit of haze. clean white head
S: acidic fruits, grapefruit, a bit sweet
T: like the nose. but not quite as much tropic fruit.
F: clean and crisp. quite refreshing for a double
O: loved it. Not quite as much as Po8, but close. (255 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.61/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of fitzy7840
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of lupercmda
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This DIPA is a treat. Pours a orange looking color. Strong grapefruit smell and taste with a nice balance between the malt and the hops. Nice alcohol taste finish balances nicely with the malt and hops. A wonderful beer. (220 characters)

Photo of snowmageddon
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of mhs413
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (224 characters)

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Fair Maiden Double IPA from Foley Brothers Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.