Pieces Of Eight
Foley Brothers Brewing

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From:
Foley Brothers Brewing
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #149
ABV:
8%
Score:
96
Ranked #1,030
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 8.55%
Ratings:
475
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 28, 2022
Added:
Mar 06, 2015
Wants:
  58
Gots:
  97
SCORE
96
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Notes: This delicious double IPA is brewed and dry hopped twice with an amazing blend of eight hop varieties to create a one of a kind experience. Drink this beer fresh. Unfiltered, decant into glass.
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4.6 by aszatk01 from Pennsylvania on Mar 28, 2022
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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

Pours a hazy light orange with an ample fluffy head and lots of lacing.

Smells of grassy, floral and slightly piney hops with some citrus.

Tastes of slightly tart grapefruit, orange and lemon with a slightly bitter finish.

Medium light body with light carbonation. Slightly lush and syrupy.

This is a very drinkable NEIPA that starts as tart and bitter and gets sweeter and juicier as the glass warms. It’s well balanced and mild mannered.

Feb 13, 2022
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4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Pumadog from Vermont

Pours a hazy amber. Nice light creamy head with good lacing. Very smooth initial taste followed with a little bitter bite that disappeared into a melon, apricot, pine finish. A decent beer but doesn’t stand out in this competitive market.

Jan 30, 2022
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4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Pivopijak from Washington

can into glass
Quite a nice and frothy white head that subsides fairly quickly and leaves a good amount of lacy deposits on the glass, as the head disperses. Nearly completely clear, medium gold, with somewhat of an orange tint, for the look. What a very good, multi-faceted smell, that greets you. Aromas of mellow tangerine, lemon peels, a bit of pine needles amidst the medium caramelized barley malt. The flavors are mainly mixed citrus peels, in a non-bitey fashion, along with a good amount of malt, giving it an ample body and balances out the hoppiness. There is a bit of grapefruit peel, layered in the other citrus peel flavors, in the satisfying finish.

Dec 10, 2021
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4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by nlb802 from Vermont

This beer will take your tastebuds on a journey. It is my current personal #1 in the state. I love the traditional IPA backbone to a modernly juicy hop bouquet (with some pine, passionfruit, and especially the “silver haze” herbal type of flavor). Similar in quality but unlike any top tier beer I have had. I wish they had canning dates though.

Dec 07, 2021
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3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by osheamatth from New York

Turbid umber cloudy look with a fine lingering foamy head. Ham fisted on the nose with deep forest resin coming straight through and deep in the background some tropical notes with some bread aroma. The piney notes follow in the taste profile but so does the bread in the malt form. It loses almost all the tropical notes I found in the nose and blasts full steam into a more trad high ABV IPA. There's an astringency to the aftertaste I'm not in love with.

Oct 04, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Shiredave from New York

No date on the can.
This one pours a cloudy golden amber topped by a bright white head of dense, tiny bubbled foam. A frothy sheet blankets the top once the head subsided leaving drapes of lace filigree.
The aroma is malt up front followed by sweet and floral hop nose with hints of lemon and honey. Not a face slap of hops but mellow, inviting smells of good things to come.
The flavor is surprisingly light - or rather the body is and the lack of malty richness I expected from the aroma. Hop character dominates right off the bat - which makes me sit this aside for a few minutes to let it warm up.
A good call. This beer shines at 55 deg F and up. Nutty grain character in a lightly sweet caramel profile, the sharp hop bite comes in and takes over . Fresh, lemon grass flavors blend and compliment the malt backbone that was lost when fridge cold. Hop bitterness still carries the show here but the grain character stands up as the glass warms in my hands.
Finish is long and hoppy - tongue needles of acidity and juicy spruce tips and just a hint of alcohol warmth on the way down.
A solid offering I'd try again and I don't do that very often.

Jul 04, 2021
 
4.1 by Newbeergeek1 from Maine on Jul 02, 2021
 
4.56 by cd34 from Illinois on Jun 29, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bluecrow from New York

This DIPA presents as a foggy yellow can pour with a thin, soft, white foam cap and a significant pine nose.
The flavors include stone fruit, pine resin and a hint of grapefruit zest. The hop bitterness is moderate.
The mouthfeel is smooth.
This is a fantastic brew.

Jun 26, 2021
 
4.04 by crobinso from Colorado on Jun 01, 2021
 
4.57 by PSanger from Connecticut on May 09, 2021
 
4.32 by Lance_Keimig from Vermont on Mar 24, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by Wicked-Mellow from Vermont

Dated 3/10, opened 3/21

Appearance:
Color is dirty golden, cream colored head with pebbly bubbles.

Smell:
First smell after the pour immediately reminds me of sweet corn, mashed potatoes, and steamed green beans. Grapefruit, lemon rind, melon, and a bit of mango are present, but are easier to notice as the beer sits. Reminds me grandmas house on thanksgiving.

Taste:
Opens crisp, carbonated but not tingling or numbing the tip of the tongue. Honeycrisp apple, persimmon, apricot, white grape lead. Starchy malts that reflect the nose show, followed almost immediately by resinous pine that begins at the sides of the tongue and quickly coats the whole mouth. Finishes aromatic and slightly dry. Mid-full body with a stimulating mouthfeel throughout.

Overall:
It’s a little weird, definitely unique. Its nice to have an IPA from Vermont that doesn’t immediately follow the hazy juicebomb trend. Cant really tell if I like it, but I can appreciate it.

Mar 22, 2021
 
4.33 by cambabeer from New York on Mar 14, 2021
 
4.5 by DMcGirr from Massachusetts on Jan 26, 2021
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4.91/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by mjk3psu from Pennsylvania

Complex hop profile - but great taste. Doesn’t taste like an Imperial- more like a double IPA

Dec 18, 2020
 
4.65 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Nov 26, 2020
 
4.89 by jpd026 from New York on Nov 24, 2020
 
4.6 by TheLefty1616 from New York on Nov 01, 2020
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4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by tbrax34 from New York

This is a really interesting, unique beer. It tasted almost vegetal, in a good way--more than any other beer in its category. Definitely worth finding if you can.

Oct 02, 2020
 
4.27 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Sep 28, 2020
 
4.38 by moltch from Massachusetts on Sep 14, 2020
 
3.84 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania on Sep 05, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Billolick from New York

16 ouncer w/o any freshness info or canning date to be had....

Pour lightly hazed, long lasting cap and leaving all sorts of nice looking lacing.

Resiny bag of resiny hops on the sniff.

Solid brew bursting with resiny and fresh tasting hops up front. Quality old school DIPA. Will not please the juice hounds, but this is what traditional IPA should taste like. Well done and well worth a try.

Sep 01, 2020
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4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BillRoth from Maryland

Excellent Imp IPA.
Delicious NE hop and malt bills. Classic Vermont.
Super smooth. Dangerously drinkable.
My favorite from Foley Bros so far.

Aug 25, 2020
 
4.5 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 02, 2020
 
5 by Bitburger from Vermont on Jul 09, 2020
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4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Crowheadhopper from New York

This is a beautifully crafted imperial. Damn, I gotta get more of this. These guys NEVER fail to deliver a damn fine brew. Hats off gents!!

Jul 09, 2020
 
4.15 by mdfb79 from New York on Jul 03, 2020
 
4.27 by Wizzman from Massachusetts on Jun 25, 2020
 
4.27 by socon67 from New York on Jun 05, 2020
 
3.74 by gbiello from Massachusetts on May 03, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bierman9 from New Hampshire

Nabbed a single 16oz can yesterday at The Beer Store (Nashua) for $5.75. A touch pricey... hope it's worth it... Here goes!!

Poured into a large snifter, it's a slightly hazy, pale yellow-straw color... has scattered, light carbo, and a rocky, frothy layer of white foam. Said foam ebbs rapidly, though leaving nice lacing in its wake. Aroma has some lemon-peel, apricot, melon and a bit of toasty malt. Body is nicely in the medium to medium-plus range, with little in the way of prickle to muck things up.

Flavor has some lightly sweet aspects, with a bit more toasty malt. Hop mix is interesting, with a mix of light apricot, pineapple, grapefruit, and pithy lemon, with some resiny pine joining the party. It's neither bitter nor sweet, snagging a nice balance of flavors. Solid and tasty, though not worth the price, imo... Prosit!!

4.24/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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May 03, 2020
 
4.13 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on Apr 26, 2020
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3.62/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

Poured into a 16 oz thin pint glass no clue when it was canned, but thinking late February of 2020. Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a bunch of floaties and a 2 finger sticky white head that leaves a bunch of this streaks of lace with solid retention. Sorry floaties is a turn off these days. 3.75

Smell is mango, tangerine, apricot, and grapefruit rind. 3.75

Taste follows very muted mango, tangerine, apricot, and a little hint of grapefruit, nothing bad but still these days I would expect more and better. 3.75

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium, slightly soft and sticky not dry, and goes down easy for 8%. 4

Overall 5 years ago this would have been a better score, but Foley Brothers needs to get caught up. You can have haze without the sperm looking floaties and for 8% the flavor has little going for me. Nothing bad, just really average these days. 3.75

Apr 19, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mickyge from Massachusetts

8 % IIPA
Poured into a can glass straw yellow color, white fluffy 1 inch head. Medium soapy lacing, large amount of sediment on the bottom of the glass
aroma was piney and tropical fruit like with some malt
taste is fruity and dankish
mouthfeel was pretty smooth with a dry slightly astringent finish
overall it's a tasty brew and easy drinking.

Mar 29, 2020
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4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

Pint can (no BOD or DOB or canned on info. Opened and reviewed on: 3/26/20

Unfiltered and murky golden color still looks lively with it's fat and clumpy, pure white creamy foam topping. There is always a layer of foam cover with fat chunks of lacing hanging on the spiral walls of glass.

The nose has an abundance of fresh hop cone aromatics. Green and fresh with pineapple, strawberries, kiwi, lemmon zest and citrus, effervescent grainy malt and tropically scented fruits, again.. from the 8 different hops.

The hop flavor and mouthfeel is very saturated and dense. Complex hop flavors ranging from: prickly pear crispness to sweet tropical fruits and even some dry-earhy pine and peppery orange peel. The light to medium feeling malted grains taste earthy, herbal with dry summer grasses and wheat tones. A slick and slightly boozy effect comes out in the aftertaste, but it sure gets SMOOTH...along with the finishing saturated hop taste of stone fruits and honey dew melon. The depth and complexity of flavor and feel is very high. Dry bitterness, green grassy and dried grainy notes just keep on flowing long after the last sip.

Sleeper IPA of 2020 so far! Twice Double dry hopped is the X Factor here.

Mar 26, 2020
 
4.02 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Mar 15, 2020
Pieces Of Eight from Foley Brothers Brewing
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