Fair Maiden Double IPA - Foley Brothers Brewing

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Fair Maiden Double IPAFair Maiden Double IPA

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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 31
Gots: 44 | FT: 2
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Foley Brothers Brewing
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-26-2014)
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Reviews by jlindros:
Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Wow this beer looks really interesting... the two Native beers I had from them were so-so, but this looked much better so figured I'd give it a try. Also nice swing top bottle to reuse after.

Pours a decent fizzy fluffy bubbly 1 finger head that fades pretty quickly though, more bubbles from the pour than from a legit head, touches of soapy lacing. Murky dirty orange color. 3.5

The nose is fantastic, as soon as I popped the top the entire area was filled with citrus blossoms and floraly citrus awesomeness. Lots of tropical fruit too, musty passion fruit and resin, some mango, guava, nice juicy orange and even a touch of grapefruit pith, hint of fruity bubblegum, and a nice aromatic toasty like reddish malt underneath. Mild sweet candied orange marmalade. 4.5

taste starts with sweet malts and big spicy hops this time, a bit different than before. Candy sweet reddish malts, with mild caramel and toasty flavors out front, quickly blend with spicy chewy like hops that get pretty bitter right out front. Then a grapefruit in the background comes through, little pithy, with some citrus and orange juice, little apricot like stone fruit, with mild guava and hints of generic tropical fruit. Orange peel bitter rind taste starts to dominate later, with a mild ester note and some warming booze later as well. Finish brings a bit of a spicy chewy big hop presence and big bitterness, with a little tropical fruit juice generic like flavor, bitter rind, some sweet candy caramel malts also lingering and pretty sticky mild sweet little dry. Not quite as good as the nose. 4

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, faint warming booze. 4

Overall OK, had some great flashes, amazing nose, flashes of nice hop flavor profile, but the flavor initially just came out of the gate too hard in both sweet syrupy malts and spicy chewy bitter hops, but still fairly enjoyable. Just mixed bag of great and so-so. 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of MSDugan
5/5  rDev +12.6%
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 TrishaL9
4.95/5  rDev +11.5%
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 ryan1788a5
3.85/5  rDev -13.3%

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 mr-jj
4.66/5  rDev +5%
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 -0.5%

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.

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Fair Maiden Double IPA from Foley Brothers Brewing
98 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.