Fair Maiden Double IPA | Foley Brothers Brewing

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Fair Maiden Double IPAFair Maiden Double IPA
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4.33/5
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Fair Maiden Double IPAFair Maiden Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Foley Brothers Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Bierman9 on 05-26-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#520
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
775
pDev:
8.31%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
111
Gots:
218
Trade:
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Photo of Cycle69
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bluecrow
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ichorNet
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.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Samact
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of J_heeb
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bubseymour
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.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of digboy
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.

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

Photo of BAsbill
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bwag
3.44/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of mhjipa
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ManapuaMan
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.

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Photo of Ronl12
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

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Photo of brewandbbq
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.

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Photo of eddiefl
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnnnniee
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!

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Photo of Ikeithbot
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Soo good. Pure citrus. Clean, well hidden abv. Looks like a light bulb in a glass. When everything is obsessed with haziness this one is actually semi-clear so you can actually see the simple malt bill. No bullshit wheat flour bomb here.

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Photo of Eman17
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Fair Maiden Double IPA from Foley Brothers Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 775 ratings