Pieces Of Eight
Foley Brothers Brewing

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #181
ABV:
8%
Score:
96
Ranked #684
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 8.51%
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
432
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Foley Brothers Brewing
 
Vermont, United States
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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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Reviews by portia99:
Photo of portia99
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (bottled 5/1/2015) poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

L - Pale golden liquid...clear but lots of fine particulate throughout. A finger of rocky white head lingers for a short time and leaves rings of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Earthy malt, spicy and earthy hops, quite a bit of grassiness, and some heavy citrus and candied fruit sweetness.

T - Medium hop bitterness that is fairly clean and crisp. Tropical fruits and citrus abound here, more candied fruit as in the nose, doughy malt base.

F - Medium body, prickly/tingly mid-level carbonation...overall gives a soft feel however. Alcohol presence on the inhale. Grassy, sweet, tropical...lingering sweetness on the swallow. Better balance than I expected.

O - I expected a lot out of this beer going into it. It is quite good, but still a bit of a letdown. I really love the Foley Fair Maiden and expected this to be an amped up version...which it isn't. Lots of good traits here, but I will take the Fair Maiden every day over this. Still solid, but I guess I had different expectations.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Termynator
4.98/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

In my opinion, this is at the top of the list for big, bold, Vermont DIPAs. Similar to their Fair Maiden, but even bigger and more flavorful.

Pours a glowing, murky orange color. Unfiltered appearance might throw some people off but after having numerous bold Vermont IPAs I know the cloudier the better. Pours an appealing half-inch, lacey head.

Smell is something out of this world...honestly never put my nose to something so complex and juicy. First scents that come to mind are pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and mango. Smell from the empty bottle is very piney. All together, the smell just erupts out of the glass...truly something incredible. Where the Heady Topper and the Fair Maiden are a strong combination of floral and fruity, this beer is over the top fruity.

The taste is just as fruity as the smell. What it reminded me of most was a glass of pineapple-orange juice. At the same time, the balance is remarkable. While there are bitter, fruity, sweet, and malty tones, nothing is too overpowering. Though very fruity, never did I think it was too sweet. Couldn't even tell there was alcohol in there...might as well have been a carbonated glass of juice.

Feel is very robust and juicy - pretty thick and sticky. Though there really is nothing wrong with this, I just prefer a clean and crisp feel.

Really just an A++ beer here. Right up there at the top of the list of the best Vermont DIPAs...which in my opinion are the creme-dela-creme of world class beers. You'd be foolish to not buy at least one bottle if found as this could easily be one of the best beers in the world. Cheers.

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Photo of Resuin
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. This was bottled on 2/18/15, about 2 weeks ago.

Appearance: Pours a fairly crisp, clear honey color and leaves a finger or two of white head which fades to a white layer atop the beer. (4.5)

Smell: Mango, honey, pale malts accompany a citrus base, especially grapefruit. Pleasant but on the lighter side. (4.25)

Taste: This one shines in the taste. Pine, citrus, floral hops, pineapple with just a dash of honey and malts. Really drinkable with a really nice blend of flavors. (4.75)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium carb. Slightly creamy, nice feel to it. (4.5)

Overall: This is a nice, drinkable DIPA. Really nice blend of flavors which make this fairly multi-dimensional. Well done and tasty. (4.5)

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Photo of CayseyW
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Bright white head. Really frothy and sticky. Really nice lacing. Color is a light hazy orange.
Smell: This is where the beer really stands out. The nose on this thing is ridiculous. There is perhaps no beer that deserves to be called "dank" more than this one based on its smell. Huge pine, floral and grassy notes. It finishes with a pungency that I sometimes catch in beers brewed with citra. I could definitely see this smell not appealing to everyone, but I really love it.
Taste: The taste is a huge surprise. The big aromas don't reflect the juicy flavor this beer brings to the table. It runs a citrus and tropical flavors gamut—orange, grapefruit, meyer lemon, pineapple and mango all make their way into the flavor at some point. The finish is long, making the entire tasting experience complex and fun.
Feel: It has a nice carb but it's arguably a little thin bodied, it could easily pass for a single IPA. That said, the bitterness is right on point and it's not at all boozy.
Overall: This beer blows me away. This is a super special DIPA that stands apart. I'm really impressed. A world-class DIPA for sure.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Harvest gold and chalky white 1 F haze. Light haziness. Melting lacing around the glass.

S: Juicy mango, pineapple. Resinous. Dank stone fruit, peaches and plums. Grapes and berries. Gentle citrus. Floral lilac.

M: Medium body. Moderately high carb. Oily booziness.

T: Strong, bready malt presence. Key lime, fleshy mango. White grapes, herbal, and green onion. Finishes with tart cherry and tangerine.

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Photo of russpowell
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

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Photo of Estarrio
2.05/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Hazy copper/lemon color with two finger, creamy head.

Nose is sour sweet tarts, brine, with sweet citrus notes in the back.

Taste of sweet biscuit yields to salty, sour, wet grass with overripe lime, lemon peel, pink grapefruit, and subtle pine. Lots of conflicting flavors that can't seem to mesh.

Slight step above a drain pour and an utter waste of ten dollars.

Based on other reviews, I'm guessing this is old/infected. I won't buy from this brewer again. Putting out bottles with no dates is simply irresponsible. Buyer beware.

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Photo of dar482
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a golden orange.

The aroma hits of passion fruit, oranges, peaches, pineapple, and some dank pine.

The flavor follows with similarities of Heady Topper and Fair Maiden. It hits of peaches and mangoes up front with a dank finish. The beer is extremely clean and stands up as one of the best VT DIPAs around.

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Photo of Brad007
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a consistent golden hue with a thin head into my glass. I've heard plenty of good things about this beer and Foley Brothers in general.

There are definitely a ton of hop varieties in the nose. Grapefruit, pineapple and passionfruit come to mind. I worry about aroma overlap but what a grand entrance.

Biscuity malt set against grapefruit, mango and apricot. A slow burn envelopes the back of the tongue and down the throat.

Dry at the back with a lingering hop punch. Decadent.

This definitely lives up to the hype. I would like it on tap someday. I was skeptical of Foley Brothers but that skepticism has turned into respect thanks to Prospect, Pieces of 8 and Fair Maiden.

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Photo of acread
4.91/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really fantastic Double IPA. For those of you who love Fair Maiden, the flavor profiles in this are very different. This is much more dank and resinous. There are definitely citrus and tropical notes intermingled throughout the overall flavor, but where Fair Maiden is an airy and lush grove of fruit trees, Pieces of Eight is a heavy and dense jungle. I honestly couldn't say which I like better, but I appreciate very much that Pieces of Eight leaves a completely different impression.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Been awhile since I've done a full review. Need to get back in the habit, baby!

A. Pours a hazy apricot gold (my favorite color IPAs/DIPAs) with a light crown of soapy bubbles.

S. Mango, tangerine, caramel, earth, pine, and a good bit of weed. Lots of bright tropical citrus notes undercut by a dank, earthy, herbal bouquet.

T. Sweet, sticky tangerine and honey. Firm malt backbone with some breadiness becoming apparent on the back end. Herbal notes are more subdued, but dry, slightly bitter hops linger in the background.

M. Sweet and slightly cloying.

O. A very good DIPA. Reminds me more than just a little bit of Chillwave from Great Lakes, and that's a good thing.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a hazy, bright orange color. Standard height on the head but it's quite thick. Vermontian hop juice. Citrus, melon, mango, some green onion, floral, and grassy hops. Dry, slightly-sweet, sheepish malt. Flavor is very citrusy. Tangerine juice. Hop purée. Pineapple, melons, mangoes and the like. Pale malt is only there for support. Medium bodied. Dry but the bitterness isn't overwhelming. Another damn good beer from Foley Bros. Flavor is the best part by far.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavily hazed golden ale under a couple of fingers of white foam; lotsa of citrus, floral, and herbal notes spring from the brew, validated on the sip with a bright citric bitterness underscored by pale malt grains and danker hop aspects. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated, but with a sharp edge of bitter citrus. Juicy but tight, a real nice brew.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.96/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy yellow/gold body with a large white head leaves heavy lacing.
S - TONS of citrus and stone fruit. Mango, peaches, apricot it is all there. With some nice dank creeping in.
T - Hops up front, hops in the middle, light caramel sweetness then the bitterness rushes in gently and completely. Just amazing.
M - Medium body and medium carb. Finishes smooth.
O - Easily one of the best brews I've ever had. Too bad it's difficult to find. If you get the chance pounce on it.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier 8/4/16. Not in cooler case, which made me sad. No date on bottle that I can find.

L: Huge head on pour, which makes me worry about freshness. Lots of sticky lace and a cap and ring. Beer is a clear pale gold with lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: More sweet malt blend than anything else I am getting, which is kind of odd with 8 different hops going into this. A little bit of floral and dull citrus, but nothing really forward.

T: Still pretty fresh, I think. Pretty malt forward and sweetish. A little bit of citrus, a little bit of pine. A little bit of bitterness on finish, but nothing crazy. The blend tastes nice, but not sure this is what is intended out of the tap.

F: Light to medium body, medium carbonation for good drying. Balance is good.

O: I have the nagging feeling I did not get this at its best, but I am reviewing it as it is in the hope such will cause brewer and retailer to emphasize proper care. It should have been in the cooler case and I would love to see a date. As it is, it's not bad at all, but nothing to rave over.

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Photo of twizzard
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just wow. Very Truillium-esque. The nose on this is amazing. I inhaled it for at least 5 minutes before tasting. Juicy does not begin to describe this IIPA. A tiny bit thin on the tongue but other than that.......Git some!

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Photo of LoudRed
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HelpMeBloody
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smb71481
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tvghost
4.91/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NHbeerguy
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robertjskelton
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pieces Of Eight from Foley Brothers Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 432 ratings