Pieces Of Eight
Foley Brothers Brewing

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #65
Ranked #711
4.35 | pDev: 8.51%
Foley Brothers Brewing
Vermont, United States
Pieces Of EightPieces Of Eight
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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Wicked-Mellow from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Dated 3/10, opened 3/21

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

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.

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.

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
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tbrax34 from New York

4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Billolick from New York

4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

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

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


May 03, 2020
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.62/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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mickyge from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Slightly cloudy pour with a billowing white cap that retains, clings, and laces. Aromas are mild notes of tropical fruits with a light melon-sweet and bready malt. Flavors are more pronounced with pine leading the bunch amid fruity notes and a decent hop bitter mid-sip until finish. Very smooth, medium mouthfeel, and a slight-dry/bitter finish. Decent stuff.

Mar 13, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Somewhat cloudy golden body with a white head and lacing. Peach, tangerine, lemon, lime, pine and papaya lead the nose with some grass and melon lingering behind. Taste just as it smells, fruit lead but hops crescendo more firmly, very pleasant. Hop texture through out and linger well after the finish, with decent fruit haze up front and a soft malt backbone.

Oct 17, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold with three fingers of yellowed head. Good retention and thick webbed lacing.

Weed, pine pollen, orange, honey, cat piss and green onion in the nose.

A little honey sweetness up front in the taste; followed by the weedy, piney, oniony goodness mid-palate; and some fairly dull, piney bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation.

This is a great, old-school, West Coast DIPA. It’s inappropriately classified here as a NEIPA given that there’s nothing on the can, or in the look, smell, flavor or feel to suggest it is.

Oct 01, 2019
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Arjen from Netherlands

3.82/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draught at Beer Temple, 5 oz sample. Pours a hazy golden yellow colour and a rocky white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma's: juicy, citrus. Retronasal there's a lot of onion as well. Flavour is light moderate bitter and citrussy juicy. Medium bodied. Doesn't feel like 8%. Finish is slightly dry, moderate bitter.

Aug 24, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear golden color with a nice, two finger head that leaves a load of webby lacing

Smell: Tangerine, papaya, pine and melon with some sugary malt in the fold

Taste: While this is a hoppy DIPA, the first thing I notice is the sugary malt flavors that underpin; tangerine, papaya and melon flavors emerge, with a dank, piney, green onion character mid-palate; a bit juicier in the finish but quite bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Hard to think of this as a NE IPA as we think of the style these days as this is more of a throwback to the time when Heady Topper defined the style

Jun 04, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a half inch, pretty well retain white head that leaves a few rings of lacing. Several fine bubbles of carbonation visible. Smells of citrus fruits with a bit of pine. Tastes of tangerines, pine, some caramel malts, grass and a touch of mango. Medium bodied, light bitterness, on the light side of medium carbonation, soft mouth feel.

May 15, 2019
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz undated can.

Pours clear gold with a full head of white fluff. Nice retention with spectacular lacing. A big blast of earthy pine in the nose. Medium bodied with a tacky, resinous mouthfeel. Pine sap with some balancing malt on the palate. Finishes a bit boozy with a balancing bitterness.

Nice west coast IPA.

Apr 02, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with a large two finger head. Smell is divine with hops and citrus. Taste is a bit more mild than other IPAs I’ve had, but the brew is well balanced.

Feb 08, 2019
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

[Disclaimer - this can is over a year old]

Pours a hazy orange-gold color with a 2 finger sudsy head that fizzes away rather quickly.

Aroma has sweet pineapple and grapefruit notes along with some soapiness.

Taste is similar - maybe a little more sweet than I like but not over the top. light to medium caramel malt body is noticeable behind it and well blended with the hops.

Feel is soft and seltzer-y along with a light bitterness and a light to moderate alcohol burn in the finish.

This is definitely worth the high score and as VT DIPAs go it is among the better balanced (I find them to be typically too malt-forward, but that's just my tastes). This one packs a punch and can be deceiving. Very well done and glad I got the chance to try it despite it sitting in the back of my fridge forever.

Nov 03, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed amber with a thumb of cream colored head. Slightly above averag head retention & lacing

S: Tons of orange & tangerine, a little breadyness & pine once warm

T: Follows the nose, alittle dryness & just a little grassyness, just a kiss of lime up front.
Woody & grassy hops try to do battle battle with citrus hops as this warms. Finishes slightly dry with piney & herbal hops pushing past citrus & breadyness

MF: Medium body, fairly restrained carbonation, nice balance

Top notch Imperial IPA, very drinkable, a nice blend of old & new flavor trends

Sep 22, 2018
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Somewhat tasty big hop beer. fresh can from Premier Gourmet. Lots of lace. Pretty crushable. Decent for the style. Solid, but certainly overated DIPA.

Jun 24, 2018
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really nice thick head. You don't see that often with NEIPAs. Aroma is a little muted, can't pick out the specific aromas here..kinda a blend of citrus and pine. Taste is a little fumey, spicey, sweet and moderate bitterness in finihs that lingers a little. Not sure I'm digging this one too much. Decent IPA but there are some negatives throughout that don't put this one into a top class of NEIPAs. 3rd/4th tier in the NEIPA making world.

May 26, 2018
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Buffett from Massachusetts

1.92/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Am I the only one who got one that tastes like there's some vinegar in it? Its not all vinegar. But its like hops and burning vinegar in the nose and then a white wine/vinegar in the mouth..

May 25, 2018
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Can
No date

Pours a slightly navy gold with two inches of tight, white head that eventually dissipates. Good retention; rings of lacing. (4.25)

Over ripe tropical fruit. Mango and Guava with sugar cookies and some minty-herbal-grass aroma in the background. (4)

Follows the nose with a touch more body from the malt mixed in with the sweetness from the hops. Lots of mango and sweet orange, sugar cookie malt character. (4.25)

Fairly soft, medium body with moderate carbonation and a dab of alcohol. (4.25)

A mighty nice, very fruity IIPA.
It pours nice, bright gold with a fat head. The aroma and flavor are both of very sweet tropical fruits without any of The oily, pithy, citrus bitterness that often accompanies. Soft, sweet, drinkable, aromatic, barely bitter.
These guys make very enjoyable beers from what I've had and this is no exception. (4.25)

Mar 18, 2018
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WaffleNugget from Vermont

4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S: citrus but with a noticeable amount of sweet fruit too - peaches/melon/apricot, something along those lines. Smells fantastic

L: A straw color, about 3/4 inch of white foam, nice lace.

T: Right at the forefront is a strong hit of apricot/melon again. Then, taste shifts to hops, pine, and a fair amount of bitterness. Doesn't transition to a chemical-taste, though, like some less polished doubles.

F: Less carbonated than the other major VT doubles: SoS, HT, or some of the Hill Farmstead varieties. Astringent during the first 1/4, but much more pleasant afterwards.

O: Picked this up in a can just on the VT side. Likely came straight from Brandon. It reminded me of a handful of double IPAs that I've been trying in the area. A detectable fruity essence but with more bite in the second half of each sip. This is a bit too sharp for me compared to some of others, but compared to the vast majority on the market, this is a great choice.

Mar 02, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L -- Slightly hazed golden yellow body with a white head produced with moderately aerated pour out of the bottle. Some retention and good lacing
S -- Lots of that rubber smell that hops (especially citra) can produce, which has been the case with every Foley Bros brew I've had. Good amount of grapefruit pith, mango, peach, grass, and flowers as well
T -- Nice and clean flavor palate. Minimal hop bitterness alongside a restrained malt character and tropical fruitiness from the hop blend. Notes of earth, herbal bitters, and honey
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium carb. Semi-dry finish, although the sweet malt character is definitely there in the background
O -- My favorite offering from Foley Bros to date. Very well put together, although the ~$10/24 oz bottle pricing is high and there's no frickin' bottling date! Luckily this one was fresh


EDIT (12/22/18):
First time trying this (or seeing it) in cans. No canning date!! Luckily picked up in Vermont where it's definitely quite fresh. Hazier than before, with better retention and lacing. Aromas and flavors are as recalled, nice, complex, and very quintessential NEIPA. Price is much fairer now @$16/4-pack of 16oz cans, which is almost twice as cheap as when it was still being bottled.


Aug 31, 2017
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pie-casso. Pours a slightly hazy orange with almost no head. The aroma is lots of sweet grapefruit, tangerine, orange, mango and lime. Piney notes as well. The taste is a mix of pine and citrus. Grapefruit, lemon, peaches, and tangerine. Fruity finish. Slightly boozey. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Aug 02, 2017
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Mysticmage from Canada (ON)

4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice. Enjoyed in a tulip glass at a local restaurant. Poured well with a colour of orange drapes exposed to the sun for approximately 4.8 years. Wizards shall enjoy the rich bouquet of summer fruits with a hint of forest...perfect for the green mountain state. Really fine finish lads and lasses and well worth the 13 oz pour expected with such fine brews. An excellent find,

Jul 31, 2017
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