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Fair Maiden Double IPA - Foley Brothers Brewing

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Fair Maiden Double IPAFair Maiden Double IPA

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 558
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 101
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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Reviews by brother_kenneth:
Photo of brother_kenneth
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
3.41/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (262 characters)

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

Drank from a 1pint, .9 fl. oz. swing top bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Batch #2
Served in a snifter

Hazy, medium amber appearance. The liquid was topped by a small, bubbly, frothy, off-white crown that quickly dropped to a thin film of bubbles. Streaks of lacing trickled down the glass after every sip, eventually forming a spotty wall.

Fresh grapefruit notes dominated the aroma. Sugar coated ruby red grapefruit to be exact. There was a slight tropical quality as well. Hint of peach and mango. Loads of orange peel. Really pleasant and smooth. Some, dank weed-like notes were also apparent. As the beer warmed, the mango became much more prevalent.

Grapefruit notes came through really strong in the flavor profile as well. The grapefruit was more dry and bitter however than in the nose but still remarkably smooth. Lots of citrus. Orange peel was most noticeable. Touch of peach. The beer finished dry and semi-bitter with strong, lingering notes of resiny hops and pine sap.

The mouthfeel might have been a touch thin, but the ultra fine and zippy, tongue blanketing effervescence turned the liquid slick, frothy, and smooth. Really solid.

This was my first time trying a Foley Brothers beer, and I was quite impressed. My only hesitation in buying this again would be the steep ($10+) price tag. If you are a fan of super grapefruity DIPAs, you should definitely give this a shot. (1,411 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge shout out to my buddy markro1979 for tossing this one my way because he thought I would like it...well, I did!

a - crisp murky amber orange...glows like a gem when held to the light. Pours with a massive frothy IPA head into my batch 002 TB 22oz snifter. Lace riddled the glass like bloody walls in a horror movie after a kill scene. Really attractive.

s - boom! Ripe tangerine with soft citric orange notes. Super sticky but remains fruity and not resinous. Very powerful yum!

t/m/o - there must be something in the water in Vermont. Beer from that area...especially IPAs are just magical and this is no exception. Big lush floral citric tangerine blast on your taste buds, but with a refreshing body that you can gulp and savor. It really is a masterpiece. (775 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 MSDugan
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this beer from a bottle, nice head retention.

Smell a lot of citrus, a little bit of pine as well.

This beer is really yummy, not the most hoppy IIPA I have ever had, but very well balanced.

Carbonation is right on, alcohol is right where it needs to be for this 16.9 oz serving.

Thanks Foley Brothers, for another successful beer. (345 characters)

Photo of jinan
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer from a fairly new brewery, fresh and lives up to what they say about it. (83 characters)

Photo of TrishaL9
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent, a bit pricey, but well worth it.

Bought this beer for the brewery on their release party and just popped it last night.

Pours a off white head, laced well throughout the beer.

Well balanced, Vermont style Imperial India pale ale.

... C. (257 characters)

Photo of rhythmandbooze
5/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (208 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 ryan1788a5
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%

500ml swing top bottle poured into an IPA glass. Batch #2.

A: Golden-orange in color with a thick haze. Fine-bubble off white head retains very well. Lacing is thick, sticky, and clumpy.

S: Pithy tropical fruits are the dominant aroma. Mango purée, pulpy tangerine, pineapple. Wet and leafy. Spicy and herbal too. Hints of earthy pine. Doughy and toasty malt base.

T: Pine resin is all over the palate at the outset. Earthy, pine, bark. Spicy and herbal. underlying mango purée and pineapple. Wet leaves. Bitterness grips firmly and builds front to back. Fat doughy and lightly toasted malt base. Wet and leafy hop oils on the finish.

M: Thick in body. Creamy and silky with a slight syrupy/viscous feel. Carbonation is acute and tingling, but lets the weight of the beer sit on the tongue.

O: Raw, unfiltered IPAs are what the masses seem to be clamoring for these days, especially in the local New England scene. This beer is very much in that vein, though it falls a bit short of the great ones from the likes of Hill Farmstead and Treehouse. Of course, part of that could be due to the decision to distribute in swing top bottles. Beer like this really benefits from being consumed as fresh as possible and with minimal handling. I'll bet that's at least part of the reason why Treehouse and Hill Farmstead have opted to fill growlers on-site only. (1,360 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy blonde color with amber highlights and a big head into my glass. I have heard good things about this beer.

Good citrus bite upfront with mango and grapefruit notes. Certainly looks the part for the style.

Crisp and bitter in the mouth. Doughy. Mango and grapefruit stay faithful in the mouthfeel.

Finishes crisp and slightly dry.

A gem in a bottle. If Foley canned this, they could move a ton of it. Worth the hype. (437 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter. Purchased at Craft Beer Cellar in Waterbury on my recent vacation and brought home in my luggage.

Pours a hazy, honey copper color with a one inch head. Good retention and lacing.

Smells like grapefruit and tangerines, with mangoes and some earthy dankness.

Taste was strong grapefruit with a nice bitter finish. Some peach and mango overtones in both the fruit and the finish.

Medium feel with nice carbonation and resins. The alcohol is well hidden and balanced.

Overall, I'm really impressed with this beer. I went to Vermont to get my hands on Heady Topper (which I did) and found several other really amazing beers on the way. This is one of them. (693 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%

Batch #3...
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.
Pours a bright honey/straw color with half an inch of tight bubbles.
Smells really, really nice. Stickiness, hops, floral notes... complex.
Taste is amazing as well...layers of hop flavor. Really interesting that the hops are so complex.
Mouthfeel was nice.
I'm very impressed by this beer and these guys deserve the hype/praise. (387 characters)

Photo of Rmom
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep gold color with an above-average sized, frothy white head. Nose is full of mango followed by pine. Taste is floral and dank with satisfying complexity. Overall, another great IIPA out of the state of Vermont. (221 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of steelerguy
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jamato3000
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of cincysig
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%

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

Photo of JakerLou
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of aquazr1
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Fair Maiden Double IPA from Foley Brothers Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.