Fair Maiden
Foley Brothers Brewing

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From:
Foley Brothers Brewing
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #155
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
96
Ranked #1,075
Avg:
4.32 | pDev: 8.33%
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
718
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 08, 2022
Added:
May 26, 2014
Wants:
  114
Gots:
  229
SCORE
96
World-Class
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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
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Reviewed by harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a hazy golden color with a tall stiff head and a lot of lacing.

Smells of slightly dank floral hops and citrus.

Tastes of slightly bitter grapefruit, lemon and melon with a slightly bitter peppery finish.

Medium light body with light carbonation. Dry mouthfeel.

This is a mild mannered, well balanced and delicious brew!
Jun 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Latarnik from New Jersey

Jun 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by Holly1215 from Massachusetts

Apr 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.53 by aszatk01 from Pennsylvania

Apr 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by Billiamjr from Maine

Mar 26, 2022
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Reviewed by ANIMOUL from Vermont

4/5  rDev -7.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.21 by Brushkanna from New Jersey

Oct 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.16 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

Oct 25, 2020
 
Rated: 3.99 by sjones5045 from Pennsylvania

Oct 02, 2020
 
Rated: 3.28 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Sep 06, 2020
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Reviewed by BillRoth from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.5 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.41 by Duvalldo1 from Connecticut

Jul 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.09 by ddoyle23 from New Hampshire

Jul 04, 2020
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Reviewed by osheamatth from New York

4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
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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Reviewed by Crowheadhopper from New York

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.14 by mdfb79 from New York

Jun 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4.34 by moltch from Massachusetts

May 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4.92 by johnpalisi from New Jersey

May 20, 2020
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Reviewed by mickyge from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Reviewed by dms from Connecticut

4.99/5  rDev +15.5%
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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Reviewed by nlb802 from Vermont

3.4/5  rDev -21.3%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Feb 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4.29 by Zach423 from Massachusetts

Feb 21, 2020
 
Rated: 3.84 by hockeypuck from Maine

Feb 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by kush0687 from Connecticut

Feb 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.69 by jeffmck09 from Connecticut

Jan 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.24 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Dec 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Dec 08, 2019
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.15 by TLA from Pennsylvania

Nov 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Nov 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.56 by ntanner83 from Massachusetts

Nov 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.44 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Nov 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.15 by ChipChaight from New York

Nov 01, 2019
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Reviewed by gmcmillan67 from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.17 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Sep 02, 2019
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

4.06/5  rDev -6%
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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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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
Fair Maiden from Foley Brothers Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 852 ratings