Fair Maiden
Foley Brothers Brewing

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #73
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
96
Ranked #723
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 8.31%
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
846
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Foley Brothers Brewing
 
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
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Tmyhre802 from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Nov 07, 2014
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MaltLickyWithTheCandy from Maryland

3.41/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Taste was exceptionally bitter and sour. I don't get the hype surrounding this new beer. Perhaps I had a bottle that was very old and all of the hops faded. Taste was very malty with little to no hop presence. All DIPAs needs dates on the bottle for this reason.

Mar 18, 2015
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1pint, .9 fl. oz. swing top bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Batch #2
Served in a snifter

Hazy, medium amber appearance. The liquid was topped by a small, bubbly, frothy, off-white crown that quickly dropped to a thin film of bubbles. Streaks of lacing trickled down the glass after every sip, eventually forming a spotty wall.

Fresh grapefruit notes dominated the aroma. Sugar coated ruby red grapefruit to be exact. There was a slight tropical quality as well. Hint of peach and mango. Loads of orange peel. Really pleasant and smooth. Some, dank weed-like notes were also apparent. As the beer warmed, the mango became much more prevalent.

Grapefruit notes came through really strong in the flavor profile as well. The grapefruit was more dry and bitter however than in the nose but still remarkably smooth. Lots of citrus. Orange peel was most noticeable. Touch of peach. The beer finished dry and semi-bitter with strong, lingering notes of resiny hops and pine sap.

The mouthfeel might have been a touch thin, but the ultra fine and zippy, tongue blanketing effervescence turned the liquid slick, frothy, and smooth. Really solid.

This was my first time trying a Foley Brothers beer, and I was quite impressed. My only hesitation in buying this again would be the steep ($10+) price tag. If you are a fan of super grapefruity DIPAs, you should definitely give this a shot.

Aug 10, 2014
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cosmicevan from New York

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

Huge shout out to my buddy markro1979 for tossing this one my way because he thought I would like it...well, I did!

a - crisp murky amber orange...glows like a gem when held to the light. Pours with a massive frothy IPA head into my batch 002 TB 22oz snifter. Lace riddled the glass like bloody walls in a horror movie after a kill scene. Really attractive.

s - boom! Ripe tangerine with soft citric orange notes. Super sticky but remains fruity and not resinous. Very powerful yum!

t/m/o - there must be something in the water in Vermont. Beer from that area...especially IPAs are just magical and this is no exception. Big lush floral citric tangerine blast on your taste buds, but with a refreshing body that you can gulp and savor. It really is a masterpiece.

Jan 10, 2015
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polloenfuego from Canada (ON)

4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Oct 26, 2016
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MSDugan from Vermont

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

Poured this beer from a bottle, nice head retention.

Smell a lot of citrus, a little bit of pine as well.

This beer is really yummy, not the most hoppy IIPA I have ever had, but very well balanced.

Carbonation is right on, alcohol is right where it needs to be for this 16.9 oz serving.

Thanks Foley Brothers, for another successful beer.

Jun 13, 2014
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -11.1%

500ml swing top bottle poured into an IPA glass. Batch #2.

A: Golden-orange in color with a thick haze. Fine-bubble off white head retains very well. Lacing is thick, sticky, and clumpy.

S: Pithy tropical fruits are the dominant aroma. Mango purée, pulpy tangerine, pineapple. Wet and leafy. Spicy and herbal too. Hints of earthy pine. Doughy and toasty malt base.

T: Pine resin is all over the palate at the outset. Earthy, pine, bark. Spicy and herbal. underlying mango purée and pineapple. Wet leaves. Bitterness grips firmly and builds front to back. Fat doughy and lightly toasted malt base. Wet and leafy hop oils on the finish.

M: Thick in body. Creamy and silky with a slight syrupy/viscous feel. Carbonation is acute and tingling, but lets the weight of the beer sit on the tongue.

O: Raw, unfiltered IPAs are what the masses seem to be clamoring for these days, especially in the local New England scene. This beer is very much in that vein, though it falls a bit short of the great ones from the likes of Hill Farmstead and Treehouse. Of course, part of that could be due to the decision to distribute in swing top bottles. Beer like this really benefits from being consumed as fresh as possible and with minimal handling. I'll bet that's at least part of the reason why Treehouse and Hill Farmstead have opted to fill growlers on-site only.

Aug 24, 2014
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IPAGeorge from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Pours a nice amber mostly transparent beer with a 2 finger cream colored foamy head. 2 minutes of had retention with a nice cobblestone pattern lacing around the glass.

S. Cracker malts, pine, white grape and other tropical aromas. Smells nice.

T. Very nice. Sweet malts come through. A nice pineyness with white grape, pear. Juicy. Agrees with the nose. Some alcohol. Grassy aftertaste. Very nicely flavored dipa.

M. Body is a 6 out of 10 on thickness. Minor alcohol feeling. Light carbonation. Kind of a silky body for a DIPA.

O. A really nice beer the flavors a distinct and to the point. Nice body. Smells great. Very happy with it.

Apr 22, 2015
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jinan from Massachusetts

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

Great beer from a fairly new brewery, fresh and lives up to what they say about it.

Jan 03, 2015
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Rmom from Vermont

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

Pours a deep gold color with an above-average sized, frothy white head. Nose is full of mango followed by pine. Taste is floral and dank with satisfying complexity. Overall, another great IIPA out of the state of Vermont.

Jan 03, 2015
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

4.42/5  rDev +2.1%

Batch #3...
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.
Pours a bright honey/straw color with half an inch of tight bubbles.
Smells really, really nice. Stickiness, hops, floral notes... complex.
Taste is amazing as well...layers of hop flavor. Really interesting that the hops are so complex.
Mouthfeel was nice.
I'm very impressed by this beer and these guys deserve the hype/praise.

Aug 28, 2014
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rhythmandbooze from New York

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

Another amazing brew from the Foley Brothers company - they need to hurry up and distribute in NY! Just the right balance of hops to malt for me, I can't get into the fancy language but it's a damn good beer.

Mar 26, 2015
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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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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

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

Citrus, Rind, Tea, Rustic

A well sought after New England brewed Double IPA and deservedly so. Smacks of every part of the orange with hints of tea and wild flowers, oh what hops can do. Perfect level of alcohol mingles with a semi-chewy malt foundation and the notice that this is an unfiltered brew. A little too drinkable as it is an ease to knock back.

STYLE: American Double IPA | ABV: 8.2% | AVAILABILITY: Limited

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #94 (NOV 2014)

Aug 25, 2015
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TrishaL9 from Maine

4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent, a bit pricey, but well worth it.

Bought this beer for the brewery on their release party and just popped it last night.

Pours a off white head, laced well throughout the beer.

Well balanced, Vermont style Imperial India pale ale.

... C.

Jun 14, 2014
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Brad007 from Vermont

4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy blonde color with amber highlights and a big head into my glass. I have heard good things about this beer.

Good citrus bite upfront with mango and grapefruit notes. Certainly looks the part for the style.

Crisp and bitter in the mouth. Doughy. Mango and grapefruit stay faithful in the mouthfeel.

Finishes crisp and slightly dry.

A gem in a bottle. If Foley canned this, they could move a ton of it. Worth the hype.

Jan 11, 2015
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mr-jj from Washington

4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter. Purchased at Craft Beer Cellar in Waterbury on my recent vacation and brought home in my luggage.

Pours a hazy, honey copper color with a one inch head. Good retention and lacing.

Smells like grapefruit and tangerines, with mangoes and some earthy dankness.

Taste was strong grapefruit with a nice bitter finish. Some peach and mango overtones in both the fruit and the finish.

Medium feel with nice carbonation and resins. The alcohol is well hidden and balanced.

Overall, I'm really impressed with this beer. I went to Vermont to get my hands on Heady Topper (which I did) and found several other really amazing beers on the way. This is one of them.

Oct 20, 2014
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a dark gold with vague hints of orange. Head is white, almost bright-white, and creamy. Drops to a persistent small clumpy cap with sticky sheets and notches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Runs the gamut. Tons of pine and citrus with a solid push of tropical fruit, cat pee, and earthy/herbal/floral elements. A ton of hop complexity, but that's expected given 7 hop varietals. Malts offer some backing caramelized sweetness. Solidly bready with some pale malts as well. Lots of peach and a mild earthy yeast character. Bitter pine sap and grapefruit oil. Slightly dank. Some bread crust.

Taste: Bitter and woody. Pine brach and sap. Deeply floral backed by a punch of grapefruit flesh and oil. Peach, weed, and a touch of cat pee and onion. It's really a little bit of everything. A touch of mint and something that almost says tobacco. Malts are a bit sweeter than the nose would indicate. Caramelized sweetness coupled with some pale malts and a touch of biscuit dough. A slight alcohol spiciness. Lingering earthy bitterness. Solidly herbal. All over the place. Lingering persistent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy and slick. Medium body with a moderate to low carbonation. Astringent but not unbearably so.

Overall: Not the hottest wench in port.

It's a big hoppy mess that never really falls apart. A ton of stuff going on with a sticky sweet boozy thing that feels a bit unrefined. It's good, but I won't be writing long missives about it.

May 16, 2015
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Hiwattowner from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

May 07, 2015
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Baab200 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Jul 15, 2014
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Coorsy from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 08, 2015
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ntanner83 from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 06, 2019
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spycow from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Sep 01, 2014
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judkinst from Vermont

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jan 03, 2015
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Nishriver from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 05, 2016
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