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Native IPA - Foley Brothers Brewing

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Native IPANative IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

29 Reviews
THE BROS
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very good

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 180
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foley Brothers Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 05-07-2013

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Reviews: 29 | Hads: 180
Photo of Jedoucette
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Brought some back from a weekend beer run to VT. I have a fridge full of Heady, Second Fiddle and Hill Farmstead and this one can definitely hang with those. Very smooth and satisfying. Nice balanced IPA. (207 characters)

Photo of GormBrewhouse
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L looks yellow , lightish
S. smells like hops, like citris
T, tastes slightly bitter, but smoothly citrus, not acrid.
F. feels light and refreshing with lingering citerus/piney happiness
O,. An excellent beer (208 characters)

Photo of Willytee3
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up this bomber on a recent Vermont trip.

Pours slightly cloudy with a beautiful light amber orangy glow with some golden highlights. Large
foamy off white head that reduces slowly. Starts off with a fizz of bubbles that slows to a lazy pace. Thick foamy lacing clings to the glass with a dappled foamy film that sticks around.

Smells of sweet malts, some great bright malt complexity going on here with some butterscotch too. Fresh hop aromas are pouring out of the glass. Tropical fruits, pine and distinctive hop flower pollen, Golden rod pollen like I would say, Pineapple and a hint or grapefruit.

Tastes of golden honey and Vermont wildflower pollen, go sniff some goldenrod in August to pick this up. Nice tropical fruits and a good hop bite balanced by an interesting bright malt complexity. Hop bitter a tad out of balance only because the smooth honey like malts create such a contrast, a good thing overall that smooths out as you go. A touch of grapefruit skin on the finish.

Nice medium body with a viscous feel, just the right amount of carbonation fills the mouth and delivers the flavors well. (1,122 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

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

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

T: The taste starts out with a nice strong piney burst of hops bitterness. Then some caramel and citrus sweetness quickly follows. The malt character is hearty and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

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

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a vice nice IPA to drink for a whole evening. (745 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a clear bright yellow color ale with a nice large pure white foamy head with excellent retention and some good amount of lacing. Aroma of grapefruit juice is just about perfect. Taste is also dominated by fresh grapefruit juice with nice floral undertones, light residual sugar notes and pretty much zero bitterness. Body is about average with good carbonation. Another incredible Vermont IPA! (408 characters)

Photo of Drunkelstiltskin
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

As a Vermonter surrounded by many incredible craft IPA's, this brew is securely in my top three favorites of all time. It has a vibrant, bright orange color to it, and leaves a gorgeous lacing on the glass. The taste for me is complex, with multi-layers, but doesn't over do it, allowing the hops to shine. It's 7% alcohol percentage is perfectly in the middle of the range I like my IPA's to be, about 6.5%-8%. It's price point at about $6.99 also makes this perhaps the best IPA for its value. Make sure to add this to your must-try list. (544 characters)

Photo of TBonez477
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just how I like IPA's. Not overly aggressive and the 70 IBUs are well masked by the malt backbone. This screamed stone fruits to my wife and I, nectarines and apricot. (167 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a hazy orange color with a hearty 2" head that slowly falls to a spotty surface covering with some large bubbles. Citrus and hop bitterness is most notable in the aroma. Caramel, orange, some pink grapefruit, and an earthy hop bitterness creates a nice IPA. Crisp throughout with some dryness arriving late. Refreshing and easy to drink. (343 characters)

Photo of Marcusg10
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice IPA, very flavorful, nice amber color and foamy head. Visited the brewery in person on a clear and crisp January day. The owners are very friendly. I'll look forward to visiting again in warmer weather when the main tasting room is open and the view of the mountains of Vermont is green again. (303 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Bright golden orange body, hazy, four plus billowing, rocky, bone china white foam. Good stretchy lace

Inviting citrus aroma, plenty of orange and grapefruit.

A solid sweet malt foundation coats the tongue. Fruity middle, fresh. Mild bitterness.

Prickly medium mouthfeel stimulates the tongue.

A good IPA that probably gets overlooked some in Vermont. (357 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours amber. Slight haze, slight head.

S-Impressive aromatics. Some nice florality. Decent intensity. Citrusy.

T-Juicy citrus. The maltiness does a great job of blending with the hops and deepen the flavor.

M-Enough bitterness without being overbearing. Softer carbonation.

O/D-An impressive IPA. Just a nice brew that isn't too bold in any area and easy to drink. (372 characters)

Photo of fulcrumbs
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A must for the craftie to try. The Fair Maiden is my favorite from Foley Bros... but this definitely would appeal to the broader audience at the house. A little less ABV... and very drinkable... will put smiles on folks faces and keeps true to the quality of VT beer. (267 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #86 (Mar 2014):

Earthy, Bitter, Piney

This small-batch brewer brings forth a very rustic American IPA. The Vermont-grown hops give it an extremely deep grassy, earthy and pine character. It screams New England IPA with ample bitterness yet a balance that brings a high level of drinkability. Well worth seeking out a bottle, or a few.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 7.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round (424 characters)

Photo of BTVflatlander
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited to have found the newest Foley Bros. bomber in Winooski, Vt. Served in a Citizen Cider snifter.

A: Golden orange, not clear yet not entirely cloudy. Quite attractive.

S: Spicy, piney, citrus. A bit of malt.

T: Like the smell, the first thing that hits you is the spicey, piney hops. For a single IPA, there are a great deal of (VT grown) hops in here. Thereafter comes a brief moment of citrus hops alongside the pine, but this gives way to a bit of significant malt--not enough to be an English IPA but the malt is much more noticeable than Heady, for example.

M: Not insubstantial at all, very significant. Fruity, bready, piney, and citrusy.

O: Having seen Foley Bros. bombers on shelves for several months without having tried either of their introductory offerings (Ginger Wheat & Brown) I was excited to see their newest offering at the fantastic Winooski Bevvy. Couldn't pass it up. And, frankly, having ambiguous expectations for an IPA from a relatively new brewery that I have no experience with, this IPA is up there among my favorite Vermont IPAs. A bit stronger and hoppier than my stand-by Fiddlehead IPA, this is a fantastically surprising VT IPA from Brandon, Vt. Highly recommended, I will be grabbing this bomber again. (1,255 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light copper and crystal clear. Pours a decent, but short lived head with little lace. Aroma has lots of caramel. Higher carbonation and lighter bodied than I'd expect. Boozy for a 7% ABV beer. Leans toward the dry side. Tons of spicy hops. A previous reviewer mentioned pepper and oregano, and I get the same (more the former than the later). I could have used a bit more malt. (378 characters)

Photo of N17shelfside
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Made primarily from local VT incredients this is a very solid IPA. at seven percent this veers a little close to IIPA territory for me with hop dankness that lingers long on the tongue more reminiscent of that IIPA category. The pour gives a shortlived head that leaves no lacing. The color is a copper-amber with a fair amount of haze. Heavy citrus and pine hop character, little malts coming through and very little sweetness, which is nice.

Overall a very solid drinker if you are looking for a lot of hops. (511 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a medium golden color, crystal clear in the glass. A finger cap of fluffy white head has excellent staying power, lasting several minutes and leaves behind a webby coat of lacing on the glass.

S - Quite fruity and estery up front with citrus and pine hop notes. Mild background malt that is bready/doughy and a bit sugary sweet.

T - A bit sweet up front with the fruity/estery character coming through from the aroma. Hops are actually quite floral in addition to the pine and citrus contributions. Hop bitterness is subdued and well behind current IPA trends.

F - Medium body with a similar carbonation. Carbonation is soft, a bit foamy/creamy and only slightly tingly on the tongue. Bitterness is crisp and clean - interesting hop profile which is well balanced.

O - At 7% it is a bit high in alcohol to be a true session IPA, but that is the feel that this one gives...maybe even an APA. Hops are definitely not as assertive as most IPA's made these days (1,024 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Pours a hazy vibrant orange color with over an inch of frothy head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is citrus and floral hops. Some caramel malts. Taste is citrus and candy with some floral hops. Caramel malts. Fair amount of bittterness. Finishes with some more citrus bitterness. Pretty drinkable. Not much of an alcohol presence. Slightly dry. Overall, solid IPA. (373 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to markro1979 for tossing me this one along with a bottle of fair maiden. It would only be right to drink these as fresh as possible so popping this in ep shortly after finishing fair maiden. Enjoyed in a batch 002 TB 22oz oversized snifter.

a - much like fair maiden a stunning example of how a beer should look. Deep murky amber that glows in the light and has a big frothy generous head that leaves milkshake like lace. Although more watery, still looks great.

s - nose is fairly piney and resinous...some candied sugar in the finish...a bit of alcohol sweetness.

t/m/ o - much different from fair maiden...raw and over hopped in comparison. A bit thin and boozier than fair maiden and overall more of a lighter body with a more resinous hopping. Light and good, but a shadow of fair maiden. Worth checking out none-the-less but not a standout for the style by any means. (895 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

On tap at The Reservoir in Waterbury, VT.

Pours a light copper color, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells typically IPA-like, some pine, grapefruit, and caramel malt. Nothing to lead me to believe this will be exemplary in any way.

This one has a nice balance between hops and malt, but I don't necessarily want a nice balance. The malts are caramelly and doughy, providing sweetness, while the hops simply provide a bit of bitterness, pine and such. Tasty, enough, but pedestrian.

Native IPA is medium bodied, with a sweet, malty mouthfeel, and a lower amount of carbonation.

I've heard their Fair Maiden is much better than this one, so I'm excited to try it. (687 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright orange. Nice white head. Lacing clings to the glass. A few bubbles remain on the surface.

Smell - Orange citrus. Musty grapefruit. Sweet doughy malts.

Taste - Doesn't live up to the nose. Similar. Orange hops. Grapefruit. Grainy malts. A little bit sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Mild sweetness.

Overall - Enjoyable. Nothing remarkable, but I liked it. (417 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foley Brothers Brewing - Native IPA, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a darker hazy caramel amber with a massive frothy head. Great retention. Lacing abound. Interesting looking brew, swirls of darker caramel in it.

Smell - Citrus and spice (yes, spice) hops with smooth malt underneath. Somewhat astringent and off-putting aroma with the astringency but the rest of it is nice.

Taste - Rich malt, a bit creamy but then a wave of citrus hops comes in after and finishes pine and pepper.

Mouthfeel - Sits slightly bitter and a bit throat warm boozy and peppery. Low carbonation. Medium-bodied. Decent drinkability.

Overall - Pleasantly surprised by their first IPA. Well blended and smooth with a nice hop blast that is unique due to spice. Can't wait to see how this evolves and what else these guys come up with. (837 characters)

Photo of snilsen13
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is an atypically flavored IPA and worth a try. I found it in Woodstock, VT. It was not an easy beer to find. (April 2015)

A smooth drinker with late-swallow earthy/citrus bitterness that doesn't overpower the sweetness of the malt. The malt has a light toasted flavor.
The finish is mild, like initial flavor - this beer will pair will with foods.
The smell is mild and the beer is hazy with decent head.

It doesn't have the mouthfeel you would expect from a 7%er. Sneaky beer. (490 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a bomber while driving through VT. Poured in a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, bright copper coloring with a slow flow of carbonation and a creamy, filmy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of subtle caramel in the backbone, with a super bitter blast of hops resin, lemon and grapefruit highlights, and popcorn characteristics. Flavors are a bit on the light side, with a pepper, cedar, and resiny blend of hops characteristics. Malt backbone also comes off a little on the light side. The beer is balanced, but the flavor profiles could pack a bit more punch for my tastes. The aftertaste is tangy sweet, with more of the spicing of pepper, basil, and oregano. Good linger, with a tangy, roasted sweet character on a slick, slightly dry finish. (762 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 2 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: toffee, earthy;

T: earthy up front; mixes with a little tropical fruit at mid-palate: moderately bitter, earthy finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: OK, but not special in any way; (299 characters)

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Native IPA from Foley Brothers Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.