Fair Maiden
Foley Brothers Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #77
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
96
Ranked #680
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 8.31%
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
825
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Vermont, United States
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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: 125 | Ratings: 825 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of dbrauneis
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.

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Photo of gmcmillan67
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

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Photo of EmperorBevis
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

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Photo of EMV
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.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
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.

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Photo of Tony210
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

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Photo of brewme
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.

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Photo of metter98
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

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Photo of Sammy
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

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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 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 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 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 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 Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is really amazing. Pale gold body with a faint haze, tall white head that left ample lace behind... Aromas are citrusy, floral, bright, grassy, and clean... Taste brings sweet and bright citrus impressions together - pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and lemon; herbal and floral around the edges... Light and softly carbonated across the palate...

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Photo of Holderness
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another tasty offering from Foley Bros that shares a lot in common with Prospect, but a slightly more bitter flavor profile. Aromas have the same rubbery hop character as Prospect, which straddles the line between pungent and fragrant. Like with their other offerings, the pricing is pretty high

84/100

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

I'm drinking a Fair Maiden right now and I feel blessed that I'm less than 30 minutes from Foley Bros brewery. I'm a Heady Topper lover, but Fair Maiden has now moved to the top spot on my list! I've had this over the past year, and it's simply great.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a semi-hazy bronzed golden color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Clingy messy lacing roams around the glass. The smell starts off with sweet grapefruit pulp. Light melon, and a little bit of honeydew blend into citrus rind nicely, sticky sweet with a balanced bitterness about it. The taste was moderately sweet with a bitterness wanting to balance and somewhat does. Light sweet melon-like aftertaste runs into a sweet refined finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body. Sessionable to an extent, somewhat, carbonation runs good for a DIPA. Somewhat bitter with a nice creaminess strolling about. Overall, for the most part, its a nice DIPA that I would love to have again.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just visiting Vermont and had never heard of Foley's. too bad about that and buying and drinking Fair Maiden I can say this ranks up there with some mighty fine IPA's I have had. Well done.

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Photo of Phishagonia
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Harrison8
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, foggy orange with a three finger, white head that just does not quit. Retention is sublime, with great lacing as well. Aroma is honey, citrus, orange zest, with biscuit malts. Aroma isn't as lively as the flavor profile, but still very pleasant. Each note is hit well. Flavor profile is orange and lemon zest, honey, with a little bit of piney resin sticking to biscuit malts in the back. While it feels heavy, and certainly carries a presence, the flavor profile keeps this beer drinking smooth even at 8%. Mouth feel is filling, with a medium-thick to thick thickness. Overall, an IIPA with a large presence that drinks smooth and easy. While it could be considered a lot of beer for a hot summer day, it rides the experience wave just enough to be deliciously sippable and dangerously quaffable.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Fair Maiden from Foley Brothers Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 825 ratings