Fair Maiden Double IPA - Foley Brothers Brewing

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Ratings: 525
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 99
Gots: 119 | 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 MaltLickyWithTheCandy
3.41/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Photo of Damian
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of MSDugan
5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of jinan
5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of TrishaL9
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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 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 ryan1788a5
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

Photo of Brad007
4.16/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of mr-jj
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

Photo of Rmom
5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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 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 BostonBrewRu
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For an 8% beer this is considerably drier than expected. Not sweet or malty, dry and crisp like a single ipa with a touch of heat in the chest. Pretty tasty though

Photo of Termynator
4.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On the same VT ski trip I drank a few Toppers and then went to a store to buy more but they were sold out (per usual). Some righteous dude suggested I try the Fair Maiden so I took one home to MA with me. In the weeks since the trip I realized the Topper had opened up a giant hole in my beer heart that could not be filled by any other IPA...until I cracked open the Fair Maiden. I didn't get a chance to compare them side by side but I would argue ferociously that this beer is just as good IF NOT BETTER than the Heady Topper! Damn. Similar tropical citrusy blast of hops, just as smooth and balanced, but I would say cleaner and crisper than the Topper. Absolutely an A+ beer. Well done Foley Bros.

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 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 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 Mah347
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Great beer, something tells me it's going to be harder and harder to find.

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

Bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar in Waterbury, VT.

Pours a slightly dark orange color, absolutely glowing, with a 1.5 inch fluffy head, and a lot of lacing.

Smells very citrusy, with a big emphasis on orange and grapefruit, and a little bit of pine.

This one tastes really nice. Big blast of citrusy hop flavor- orange, peach, and grapefruit up front, with some grassiness and floral tones in the back. It finishes pretty bitter- nice to see a solid, separate two parts to this one- big juiciness up front, and a long bitter lingering finish. I can't really detect any malt flavor, except maybe some sugar coated grapefruit.

This one is medium bodied, slightly syrupy, but with a mostly crisp and juicy mouthfeel, and a bitterness that lingers heavily on the tongue. Despite that, very drinkable.

A real sleeper from one of the biggest states for IPAs. Fits in very well.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 12/26/14

A: Lightly hazy, orange-gold, leaning more towards deep gold - pours with an above-average sized, frothy white head, fades to a nearly solid cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Oddly, inexplicably reminiscent of some other offerings from Vermont, mainly Heady Topper - fresh, floral citrus - orange, tangerine, and grapefruit flesh and juice - decidedly dank, with some ripe, resinous hops... and weed - pine and a touch of mint - stone fruits, overripe peaches, and some lightly tropical notes, mango - lightly spicy, but not earthy - pale and lightly toasty malts underneath, perhaps a touch too sweet as it adds to an orange marmalade-like undercurrent

T: Does not live up to the promises of the aroma, but it's still tasty - very hoppy, as expected, with some big citrus, tropical notes, and spicy pine - orange and grapefruit flesh, lots of zest and rind, and a hint of pith - moderately bitter, but pretty easy to drink - some spicy notes, pine, mint - hints of underripe mango and peach - interesting, but somehow lacks depth - pale and caramel malts, kind of doughy and raw, with a little bit too much sweetness and too much orange flavor, which, again, creates orange marmalade - finishes with some dry bitterness, though, which helps

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, dry-ish finish with a minimal hint of booze

O: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

I would be surprised if the brewers were not intentionally trying to create a Heady clone when they brewed this beer. No, it's not as good as Heady, but Foley Brothers did not fly too close to the sun on this one. Apparently just reminding me of the greatness of Heady makes me think somewhat highly of this beer, and I'm not sure if I'm okay with that. Regardless, will drink again.

Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber.

Thick white foam atop a hazy orange body. Luscious sweet and mildly bitter fruit, tangerines and oranges mostly. Huge bouquet of tropical fruit. Has a mild tea like bitterness. Solid DIPA.

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Fair Maiden Double IPA from Foley Brothers Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.