Fair Maiden
Foley Brothers Brewing

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #81
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
96
Ranked #755
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 8.31%
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
847
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Foley Brothers Brewing
 
Vermont, United States
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SCORE
96
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Notes: Foley Brothers Brewing is happy to present to you Fair Maiden Double IPA. We have a very limited supply to ensure you get the freshest, tastiest beer possible. Brewed with seven hop varieties, Fair Maiden Double IPA has a delicious flavor profile found no other brew.

100 IBU
Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 847 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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ANIMOUL from Vermont

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz pint glass purchased from beer store in Manchester, VT. No birth date. Pours golden hazy yellow with two fingers of head. Subtle citrus and hops that goes down smooth. Really good.

Aug 22, 2021
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent West Coast dank hoppy DIPA for most part. Clear honey gold with nice head and lacing. Yeast settles nicely. But still notes of tropical and melon come through that soothes some of the 100 IBU. Super smooth after initial chill moves a bit warmer.
Another home run for Foley Bros.
Loved it.

Aug 27, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy honey color with a full three finger head; excellent retention and webby lacing

Smell: Tropical fruit and onion; somewhat dank and pithy

Taste: Bready malt, melon and starfruit, forward, with onion and pithy grapefruit tones developing; moderate bitterness drives home the finish with the melon tones preserving a semblance of the fruit

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A fine DIPA that hides the ABV well; less fruity than a lot of IPAs these days

Thanks, jpm05401, for the opportunity

Aug 19, 2020
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osheamatth from New York

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straw colored almost like a lager. Decent lacing. I'm not getting a lot of the notes that people use to describe this Imperial IPA. Hint of ripe tropical fruit on the aroma - papaya a little pineapple and a tiny hint of piney citrus. The taste notes follow this path with a bitter kick behind that. Nice enough feel in the mouth but I expected more from the geniuses that give us Prospect.

Jun 30, 2020
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Crowheadhopper from New York

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look, here's the thing: you can talk all you want about the "qualities" of a beer and give it a rating based on how well you know the brewer. Screw all that. It all comes down to the mood you are in, the company you keep and the ambience of that particular moment. TBS, this beer is a goddamn beauty: powerful, hoppy, pungent and just a downright bastard of a beer. Just drink it.

Jun 26, 2020
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mickyge from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours thick appearing yellow, with a fluffy thick head.
Aromas of tropical and floral notes
taste is mango, citrus, malt and rind
mouthfeel is sticky and fizzy. strong dry lingering astringent finish
overall it's surprisingly easy drinking and hides the 8 plus abv well.

May 02, 2020
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dms from Connecticut

4.99/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This rates a 96 on BA but as of lately has been receiving lower scores. It is one of my all time favorite IPAs so I figured it was time to chime in.

This is an old school bitter brew that eschews the sweetened effervescence of the last 5--or-so Treehouse years (love them too). This is just as thick, just as juicy as the big players in the league. But it lacks the sweet-banana, thang that's common now in NEIPAs. It's heavy and thick and the bitterness hits immediately. Particles of hops? yeast? stick to the bottom and sides of the glass. The taste lingers. I tase heavy Mosaic and Citra. The smell from the can after its empty is still peppery enough to almost burn your nose. It is a hop extravaganza, without the champagne feel and taste of more recent NEIPAs.
Finish a can and 15 minutes later your palette is still there, tasting it and wanting to crack another.

This beer gets my highest rating. At this level, there is no better beer. Just different. Some days you're in the mood for one, sometimes for another. But to me, this one is at the level of perfection that Julius/Green and Pliny hit - at least as far as IPAs (double IPA in this case).

Apr 21, 2020
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nlb802 from Vermont

3.4/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated can. Citrus flowery smell but overpowered by a pungent sourness I didn’t find pleasant. Taste is nice - pine, malt, hop interplay. The smell was an issue but a decent DIPA overall.

Mar 04, 2020
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very hazy medium golden peach in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of honey + bright orange + burnt orange + golden yellow + bright yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense sudsy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of thin film surrounded by a large patch of slightly mottled very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit + tropical/mango + citrus/orange hops over the top of moderate aromas of bready + biscuit + toasted + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there are just shy of moderate flavors of bready + biscuit + toasted + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit + tropical/mango + citrus/orange hops which impart a slightly stronger than moderate amount of aggressive bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially crisp with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol - drinks like a session to standard IPA (not a DIPA). Nice citrus hop flavors and aromas with tons of aggressive bitterness. Enjoyable and somewhat old-school.

Dec 06, 2019
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gmcmillan67 from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color not as hazy as some other beers of this style. 3 finger head that went away quickly. Not much in the way of smell, a light hint of tropical fruit. Hoppy and resiny taste with a soft mouthfeel and medium body. Some bitterness in the aftertaste but not overwhelming. Overall solid beer

Sep 04, 2019
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EmperorBevis from England

4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned in a crafty craft can and purchased from Brewdog bar in Manchester but drank at home
Pours a slightly cloudy golden body with big foaming white head
Aroma is full on grapefruit
Bitter bitter flavour

Aug 22, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed golden pour with big thick fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Lemon zest and grapefruit. Light pine. Citrusy.

T.F: Follows the nose. Grapefruit and citrus... lemon and tangerine mixed with some mango and pineapple. A bit more pine and bitterness than expected from a NEIPA. Medium bodied... more fruit and pith at the finish.

O: A very solid IPA. Flavorful and dangerously drinkable for the ABV.

Aug 19, 2019
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy bright orange with a nice thick white head excellent retention. Tons of lacing.

Aroma - Grain, malt, orange, pine, lemon zest. Mostly pine and malt on the nose.

Taste - Taste follows the nose big pine, malt, citrus peel.

Feel - Medium bodied well carbonated slightly dry finish.

Overall - Well done DIPA, pine bitter citrus.

Jun 25, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

1.76/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Hazy dark orange with a massive off-white foam settling far too slowly leaving spongy lace.

Smell is astringent and musty old ruggy pine, grapefruit rind, cat pee, PEZ and graham. Taste adds some herbal and floral elements that are kind of cologne-like and peppery, but it's still vile with accents of burnt biscuit.

The body is thin and smooth, and the carbonation in the head doesn't translate on palate, as it finishes semi-wet with a cigarette exhale. All this and it's surprisingly not bitter, but...it doesn't matter.

Mar 02, 2019
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Tony210 from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slight cloudy straw color. Big dank aroma. Very dank and bitter. Has a pervasive bitterness that I would normally associate with a west coast ipa. Wasn’t expecting this much bitterness from a Vermont brewery. Not my favorite.

1/5/19
16 oz can, no date - Thanks Kim C.
3.75 rating

Jan 06, 2019
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brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about sixteen dollars. Have heard of, but never tried this brew before. Did not even realize they distributed to MA? Did not live up to the hype for me. Ok, nothing special, no canned-on date.

Dec 15, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and poured with a short white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of orange citrus and mangos are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is very citrusy and has lots of flavors of oranges with hints of mangos. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable - it doesn't drink at all like an Imperial IPA and seems more like you are having a Session IPA.

Serving type: can

Jun 24, 2018
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ok and drinkable DIPA. Looks good, but missing bold hop flavour. Fresh can from Premier Gourmet. Gets by for a lunch. I have had better double IPA, even from same brewery

Jun 24, 2018
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always fun to revisit something you've previously found to be good but overly-expensive (and therefore unwilling to part with the hard-earned cash necessary to have it once or twice in a long while) once it hits a better-priced format. Case in point, Foley Bros. stuff now in 4x16 oz can format for much cheaper than the brewery's previous bomber-only way of doing things. I'll drink to that!

Pours a nice, bright golden color with a vivacious head of full white foam that lasts and lasts. Incredible lace here with a lot of drippy stylings and superb legs. The surface itself is crowded with swaths of suds as well, giving this a really nice look. One of my favorite IPA pours in a while. It has kind of a medium-heavy haze to it with a very "Vermont" approach to lack of filtration. I mean, the old-school Heady Topper-ness is all over this one... chunky floaty yeast/hop particulate floating around in the body and all that... wonderful pour!

The nose is somewhere between sticky/resinous and tropical-fruit-forward, with equal parts grassy dankness and papaya/mango hoppiness vying for attention in the scent. I really like the balance struck here and feel it kind of operates in a "pre-NEIPA" vein that defines itself by big and bold complex elements instead of pure juiciness. I've always liked Fair Maiden, but have never really sat down with the beer to consider it critically, and I feel like I've probably been a little wrong about it. I get a little bit of chalky, aspirin-y yeast here too along with some citrus rind and peel. Pretty great stuff!

Now, unfortunately, the way this drinks is kind of the biggest issue I have with it, which is very unfortunate as Fair Maiden is superficially a great damn beer. The flavor profile leaves something to be desired, though. It starts off big and chewy with equal parts grainy drag and slightly spicy hops, following through with pine and grapefruit notes, but the body just seems off and the way it finishes is a bit overly-malty. Each sip feels a little underwhelming for some reason; perhaps an attenuation issue or something? I just want a bit more tropical fruit and dankness to coalesce in each sip, but the finish kinda peters out beforehand, leaving me unsatisfied.

A bit creamy on the palate with some prickly carbonation. Definitely a little heavier than normal, which really does give the impression I'm drinking a bigger beer. As mentioned, though, the disappointingly lackluster flavor profile and, by extension, the curtailed finish leave this feeling a little under where the average for this is on BA.

Also, this can isn't dated, which is just silly for a brewery telling me to "drink fresh." Guys, I can't really do that if I don't know when this was made. I'm pretty sure it was canned within the last month, but that's really not good enough. I'd like to pick up some more of this in the future (as well as other stuff from them, because when FB is on, they're on!), but I will straight-up not bother if they don't start dating their beer. It's 2018 and you're well-known for your IPAs. C'mon.

Jun 01, 2018
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance gets dinged a little because I see alot of "floaties" in there which I really don't see much at all in beers anymore. Aroma is nice and citrusy but a little muted. Taste is kinda more traditional IPA, with balancing bitter, missing in body as well for a 8.2% beer. A good beer but overall a little disappointed for a Foley Brothers IPA.

May 23, 2018
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold color. Aro.ma is peppery citrus with some malt behind it. Similar taste with a pleasant medium body malt behind it. Bitterness kicks in midway through and lingers in the finish. Feel is soft.

This is pretty damn good.

May 11, 2018
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden-bronze pour with a thick, creamy head. Cloudy but not murky or opaque.

Aroma is citrus, rind, pine and an earthy spiciness. Sharp, crisp aroma of citrus and dank pakalolo. Wonderful aroma.

Taste is right there with slightly sweet and crisp citrus - orange, pineapple, mango - bushy pine; green leafy hops all the way. Slightly sweet toasted cracker malt beneath it all.

Crisp, dry and damn tasty. Perfectly bitter for my tastes.

Mar 22, 2018
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can into tulip.
Nice semi-hazy golden color with melon and pine nose.
Sweet tropical fruit taste with little pine bitterness at end. Gets better as warms.
Medium to heavy mouth feel.
Would definitely buy again

Mar 20, 2018
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz undated can.

Pours clear gold with a chill haze, moderate head and decent lacing. Aromatics are a blend of pine, melon, pear, and pineapple. Medium bodied with a tacky, almost chewy mouthfeel. Pears, melon, and spruce bark on the palate. Finishes with a moderate bitterness, a touch of honey, and lingering piney/juicy hops.

Great beer. Very old school NEIPA meets new school NEIPA.

Mar 19, 2018
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Jeff, thanks for the opportunity!
Slightly hazy faint golden color with a decent sized pillowy white head that persists. Earthy resin and a hint of grass on the nose with some faint stone fruit. Flavor follows the aroma but adds a bit of sweet bread. That is really good!

Mar 18, 2018
Fair Maiden from Foley Brothers Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 847 ratings