Fair Maiden Double IPA | Foley Brothers Brewing

695 Ratings
Fair Maiden Double IPAFair Maiden Double IPA

Brewed by:
Foley Brothers Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 05-26-2014

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Photo of Phishagonia
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into snifter/Belgian style glass. Dark orange color with lighter edges, nice 3/4 inch soft head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. I'm getting a nice bitter, almost dank hop nose, with warming malt backbone. Some citrus in the nose as well. The taste follows the nose, but in a really interesting order. First comes the initial hop taste, followed by an almost sweet malt base, then a drier hop finish. Very nicely done and balanced. Foley Brothers never disappoints. This is one of my favorite Vermont Imperial IPAs, and it's not even Foley Brothers' best Imperial IPA! Will definitely buy more of their products.

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Photo of Kendo
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bomber (thanks Mark!) into a Duvel tulip. Body is bright, clear golden-yellow that's more goldenrod when backlit. Nice thick 1-finger foamy white head on top leaves behind good lacing.

S: Grassy was the first impression, but upon further review I'm getting a bit of onion/garlic (do they use Amarillo or Simcoe hops?), some citrus and pine over a honey-malt foundation.

T: Lots of fruit - citrus (oranges and orange peel as well as a hint of grapefruit bitterness), tropical fruits and even stone fruit (some apricot and under-ripe peaches). Also a bit of spiciness, a tea-like quality and then a woodsy, tannic bitterness on the back end of the tongue. Nicely balanced between the sweeter flavors of the profile and the bitterness.

M: This one feels great - drinks more like a standard 6.5% IPA than an 8.2% DIPA. Soft carbonation, sure, but it's never slick or oily. Call it medium in heft.

O: Excellent DIPA. My first beer from these guys, and it makes a solid first impression.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a hazy amber with a nice sized head. Lacing in spots as you enjoy it. The nose gets floral accented hops and the mouth revels in the well balanced ale! Yum!

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fair Maiden poured a lovely hazy deep gold in color with a nice thumb and a half worth of head that broke fairly slowly leaving a nice amount of lacing behind. The smell was beautiful. It was a rich combination of grapefruit, mango and tangerine providing a lovely citrus aroma that just told you it was fresh. This aroma carried through to the taste quite nicely. Grapefruit and pith were the strongest flavors, but the best part for me was the lingering aftertaste of tropical fruits. It just made for an enjoyable beer. The feel was great too. Carbonation was bang on in perfect range perhaps a bit higher than medium and it was not quite prickly. The general feel was slick and all in all it just rolls over the palate. All in all one of the best IIPAs I have had in a long while. I really enjoyed the flavors and feel of this beer and it just made for a pleasant experience.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle

Pours golden amber with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like apricots, pineapple, bready cereal grain, tannic tea, orange, grapefruit, peach, some spice, with earthy herbal woodsy dank grassy pine. Tastes like apricot, peach, spice, wildflowers, tannic tea, orange rind, grapefruit, pineapple, bready cereal grain, with earthy herbal woodsy dank grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice unique tasting DIPA.

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, dirty gold. Decent starting head which lasts. Spotty lace.

Subtle grapefruit rind nose.

Smooth body with proper carbonation, but of the small bubbles variety. Solid pale malt base but the hop is the story here with a soft start and a moderate finish. The aftertaste is a nice blend of the two.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a burnt dark orange with an inch of fluffy head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of pear, grapefruit, pineapple and some grassy hops. The taste is grassy hops with tangerine, pineapple, grains, orange peel and a hint of lemon and lime zest. Lots of carbonation and slightly dry mouthfeel. Good Imperial IPA I'd buy once in a while.

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Photo of daudelin2000
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a very nice off white head. Smells like citrus mixed with some grassy/earthy aroma. Very nice. Not much malt detected in the nose. Taste is similar to the nose. Citrus and earthy. Flavor is a touch subdued compared to the aroma. I don't get the candied fruit taste that I get with other hoppy beers from Foley Brothers. Moderate bitterness with a nice, medium mouthfeel.

Fair Maiden was the first beer I ever had from Foley Brothers and definitely made me want to try more. While it was the beer that put them on the map, I think they've surpassed it with their more recent beers. A solid brew for sure, but I think it's a level below Prospect and Pieces of Eight.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

quite a different ipa than the pieces of eight, equally enormous, but more of the new wave, cloudier and more citrusy hops, far less of a grain profile in both flavor and feel, but just as delicious. these guys are really on it right now. paler in color, brighter in the nose, citra driven it seems, but there again appears to be a lot of different hops in the equation here. bitterness is quite a bit lower too, these hops appear far more juicy, even fresher, unencumbered, and really pretty dramatic. there is a touch of sweetness here, oily and honey tasting, but gone by the finish, and as light as this is in color and grain flavor, its not too light in body, soft and creamy feeling with a citrus prickle in there and moderate carbonation. this one doesnt warm up quite as well, falls off a bit, but just a remarkable beverage, not too far from east or west coast in style, seemingly the best of both worlds here. just a tiny bit of booze later on fills in where heavier hop bitterness might normally be. overall an awesome beer, one i hope to drink plenty more of at some point. really stoked on foley brothers right now! this has to be the same beer as the imperial one by the same name yeah?

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

half-pour at pro pig 8/3. These are the notes I emailed myself.

very hazy light copper 1f head good retention lacing cap 4.25

tropical like pineapple and citrus grapefruit and lemon rind some earthy darkness on finish smell and taste 4.25

light to medium body, light carbonation, long finish, well constructed and balanced 4.5

overall 4.25

My first Foley Brothers. I like it.

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Photo of noackg34
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Foley Brothers Brewery and tasting room in Brandon, VT is one of the best 'off the beatin' path' visits you will make while in VT. LIke a fairy tale!! Fair Maiden is always in ample supply and you can thank the beer gods for that.
Taste- Hoppy goodness w a hint of grapefruit

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into tulip glasses:

Appearance: none of the typical hop haze that comes from VT IPAs, but this beer is still lovely. Orange-copper in body, with a thick, sudsy head. Slow, small bubbles rising. Slight chilled haze to start, and then clears up to translucent.

Aroma: lots of pineapple and grapefruit, with a lot of the sort of bitter flavor that comes with the grapefruit rind. I didn't get any onion or garlic like others have stated. Maybe a touch of sweetness, but the overwhelming scent is the grapefruit.

Taste: following the scent, it starts with a little bit of malt sweetness, but is overwhelmed by the grapefruit and pineapple flavors.

Feel: full-bodied and creamy as can be, it's the perfect feel for a double IPA.

Overall: another excellent Vermont DIPA, and one that isn't nearly as much of a task to track down as the heavy hitters.

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Photo of DirtyDawg10
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice golden amber with a thin white head and almost no lacing. The smell is pretty nice with a slight floral smell and plenty of malt background. The taste is good. Reminds me a little of Pliny but not at the same level. A little more malt and less hop profile. The mouthfeel is pretty good as well. Overall this is a good beer but has a bit too much malt and is more boozy than I had anticipated.

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Photo of dd43
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

After a little chill haze in my glass the beer looks relatively clear. This is a very big fruity double IPA. Big malt presence, fairly boozy in that it drinks all of its 8% ABV and then some. Fairly resinous, not overly bitter but the finish is pretty dry for a double. Still some stickiness about the lips post swallow. Aromas of super ripe pineapple and mango, stanky citrus all the way. Flavor wise an accumulation of onion/garlic that progressively makes the alcohol fumes seem even more robust. Worth seeking out for fans of big dank imperial IPAs, others might want something a little less in your face.

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Photo of jpakstis
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle from new delivery one week ago. Pours very light amber with virtually no head and I assume cloudy appearance.

Aroma has the citrusy characteristics of citra or Falconer's Flight with very little dank or vegetable characteristics.

The beer is very bitter but nice and light, similar to Maine Beer Co. Dinner. It is not a very complex taste but overall a very nice imperial IPA.

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Photo of GormBrewhouse
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a 22 over of the new batch last night. Pours out yellow with good carbonation and a smacking the face grapefruit hoppy aroma. The buttering is right where I like it not a mouth ripper. Smooth shuttle malt and a nice dry finish. 8 % abv is noticeable at all. Super. Ipa

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Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

no bottle date.

Poured a golden semi-transparent color in a Spiegelau glass
with a 3F head which quickly resolved itself.

Aroma: mostly earthy, nutty, some pine. Not the expected strong fruit.

The taste is also disappointing and not as expected. No array of 7 hops of fruit flavor
as reviewed by other beer geeks. Pine, earthy, but not overwhelming.

Nice spicy bitterness in the finish.

Overall- this is closer to a single hop IPA. No intense fruit flavor. The IPA is quite good, but not one of NE's best.
Certainly no rival to Lunch or Heady.

Old bottle unquestionably.

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Photo of Pencible
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a very cloudy gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like grapefruit and and passion fruit, with some apricot and dank herbal hops and wild honey.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and dank herbal hops, with some apricot and wild honey. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a great IPA with amazing scent and solid taste. The body was weak, but the finish was fairly smooth and dry. The alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. Recommended.

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Photo of Oswick
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The smell is wonderful from the moment you pop the cap. The color is beautiful golden yellow. Feels great and goes down smooth. You are left with slight bitterness on the aftertaste. Delicious overall

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Photo of VTBrewHound
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer looks light Amber/golden, slightly cloudy, hop juice.
Smell is forwardly citrus/grapefruit with fruity scent.
The taste is hoppy bitterness, particularly as it warms up, fresh hop goodness.
(No bottling date but smells and tastes fresh...)
Mouth feel is light to med carbonation, thin body, could use some body here.
Overall pleasantly surprised, very good DIPA, for a newer local brewery.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark orange with a one finger head. Smells of floral hops, sweet, with citrus and orange rind. Taste is peppery and spicy hops. Mosaic? Bitter throughout. Finish is dry, but lingering. Overall, a nice double IPA, but it's slightly outclassed by other infamous Vermont double IPAs. Guess that shouldn't be held against it though.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bomber. Cloudy orange color with finger white head the fades to a lasting thin layer. Aroma is citrusy but overcome by a breadiness and some yeast. Very balanced taste with orange peel and sugary malt competing. The bitterness at the end turns earthy and dank. There's also an underlying dark fruit and yeasty note that carries throughout the sip and finish. Mouthfeel is the star of this one, full and soft and slick. Overall very glad I got to try this one, my first from Foley, balance but the flavor was not my favorite. Would like to try again sometime.

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Photo of anonymoose
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a hazy orange color. The aroma is biscuity malt and tropical fruits. The taste follows with tropical fruits, masked by resin flavor, and light malt.

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Photo of rouellette19
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fair Maiden was the beer to have at the 2014 VT Brewers Festival for IPA lovers, (which I am). At the time of writing this review I have had many other Foley Brothers beers and I must say that Fair Maiden has in some ways run its course with me.

It is a world class beer for sure. However, the skill with which it was crafted makes me crave an even better version. That said, the more recent beer releases from them have gone above and beyond Fair Maiden. Pieces of 8 has met and exceeded its predecessor, not to mention Prospect, which is a closer bad cousin to their Citrennial.

For me this beer will always be the one that started it all. Tasting notes for those who want them.....

Nose: This beer was one of the very first that gave me taste wise what my nose had promised me. Very noticeable grapefruit and almost pineapple sweetness with a finish of earthy pine.

Look: Nailed the color on this one. Merky Amber that almost favors a golden hue. Wouldnt expect any less from a great DIPA.

Taste: Fruity Sweetness with a fantastically smooth finish that is consistent throughout.

Finish: A mind clearing and altering experience. Comparable with such activities as: sex, skydiving and driving on the highway at grossly high speeds.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This should be fun. 22 oz. bomber into a tulip.

A - Very clear, obviously filtered. A slightly pale orange, almost a cross between a west coast IPA and a Vermont IPA. Very attractive.

N - I can detect it from here, although not strongly. Smells piney and hoppy, but not incredibly bitter, which is how I like it.

T - Similar to the nose. It's plenty hoppy, but not bitter at all. It's actually a bit sweet, malty? I dunno, it's like what one would have considered hoppy back in the 90s, and plenty sweet and drinkable. Impressive.

M - Becomes froth immediately, like it's not a liquid. Coating everywhere, and extremely smooth. Very well done.

O - I am impressed with them, and it's tough to wow me IPA-wise. Me likey.

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Fair Maiden Double IPA from Foley Brothers Brewing
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