Big Bang
Foley Brothers Brewing

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From:
Foley Brothers Brewing
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #343
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #5,180
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 7%
Ratings:
129
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 03, 2021
Added:
Jul 27, 2017
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  15
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: Unfiltered single I.P.A brewed with Citra and Galaxy then dry hopped with Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo and Simcoe. Aromas are a melody of Grapefruit, passion fruit, papaya, lychee and melon.
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4 by DBosco from Massachusetts on Jul 03, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

No date on the can....

L: Pours a pale gold color with a full haze. A slow pour results in two fingers of pillowy, white head with decent retention. As the beer falls it leaves a light, spotty lacing on the glass. When I pour in the bottom of the can there is a deluge of floaties that depreciate the look of the beer a bit IMHO.

S: On the nose I get pineapple, grapefruit, a touch of mango, a grassy note, and a light grainy malt character.

T: Following the nose I taste bitter grapefruit rind, a hint of fresh-cut grass, pineapple, ripe mango, a light malty sweetness, and an herbal tea-like quality on the backend and finish.

F: A medium to medium-light body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy and has a nice dryness on the finish.

O: For a 5.5 % ABV beer this one really packs in a lot of flavor and aroma. It has a nice balance between the hops and malt; between the bitter (grapefruit and herbal) and the sweet (mango and pineapple). Really digging this one. Highly Recommended!

Apr 21, 2021
 
4.17 by jeffmck09 from Connecticut on Jan 10, 2021
 
3.86 by CreightonSM from New York on Oct 03, 2020
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4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Pentastar from New York

Look: Hazy light orange with white foam head.
Smell: Papaya and melon; grapefruit pith and peel.
Taste: Apricot and musk melon. Grassy and herbal, not too bitter.
Feel: Not a heavy beer at all; average carbonation.
Overall: A little light for an IPA, I would like more flavor and ABV, but still good.

Oct 01, 2020
 
4.4 by Durgbert from New Hampshire on Sep 01, 2020
 
4.21 by Wizzman from Massachusetts on Aug 29, 2020
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3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Shiredave from New York

Just a small bang of over carbonation when opening and poured. Looks like liquid leather in the glass, a sort of dull, cloudy golden yellow with a fine bubble head with good legs. Yeasty chunks swirl in the bottom of the glass even with only 1/2 poured. No can abuse occurred, and the pour was gentle due to the minor eruption at opening.
Aroma is a sugar dusted grapefruit like my mom used to give me as a breakfast starter. I didn't much like it then and still don't care for it. Some grain husk and more caramelized sugar notes mix in with the citrus.
Flavor is quite good - much more interesting than many of this wimpy "soft and juicy" style mutation. Nearly medium bodied, hefty malt character stands up to the low bitter hop bite. Nutty and grassy notes mesh well with the sweet malt that carry the flavors and coats the mouth. At 5.5% this isn't even an IPA by many standards but it's a tasty session ale for those who like juice more than beer.
Finish is long and hoppy- grassy, mildly bitter aftertaste.

Aug 23, 2020
 
4 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania on Aug 23, 2020
 
4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 02, 2020
 
4.21 by wip998001 from Massachusetts on Jul 31, 2020
 
4.24 by mdfb79 from New York on Jul 03, 2020
 
4 by hockeypuck from Maine on Jun 26, 2020
 
4.03 by socon67 from New York on Jun 18, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: cloudy; pale gold in color; 1+ finger finely pored white head that receded to a thin cap; nice rings of lace;

S: pineapple and grapefruit;

T: pineapple, grapefruit, strawberry, and lemon; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: very nice; loved the dry finish; more bitterness than I expected - which made me happy;

Apr 25, 2020
 
4.06 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on Apr 13, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Wapes from Massachusetts

Juicy, good mouthfeel and smooth going down. A bit of a kick

Apr 04, 2020
 
4.13 by smutty33 from Connecticut on Mar 14, 2020
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3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by stevoj from Idaho

16 oz can from Beer Heaven. Medium golden body, orange highlights, small foamy head. Tropical fruity aroma, light hops. Taste is more of the tropical fruit, light juicy notes, dry and dusty.

Feb 29, 2020
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3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with 2 fingers of fluffy bright white head. Nice retention and decent lacing. There is a ton of sediment floating around making the glass look like a hop snow globe. Not a fan of the sediment, but the head retention and beautiful color make this a good looking beer.

The aroma brings some notes of papaya and honeydew melon, followed by a bit of tangy citrus. There's some honey and biscuit malt with some grains and spiciness on the back end.

The flavor starts off sweet and tropical, bringing notes of peaches, melon, and fresh papaya. Then comes a wave of citrus; namely ruby red grapefruit and tangerines. The biscuit malt and grains hold up the back while a subtle wave of pine washes over the finish. Nicely balanced. Tons of flavor for a 5.5%er.

The feel is on the lighter side of medium with pretty lively carbonation. Creamy but has a nice crispness on the finish. Very drinkable.

Overall, this is a really good beer. They've packed so much flavor into a relatively small package. Drinks like a light pale ale, but punches you in the face with hops.

Feb 25, 2020
 
4.18 by BAsbill from California on Feb 13, 2020
 
4.06 by ddoyle23 from New Hampshire on Feb 02, 2020
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3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

From the 16 fl. oz. can with no stamped date but I'm informed that it was canned in January 2020. Sampled on Jan 29, 2020.

Attractive golden colored pour underneath a foamy ivory head and excellent clarity.

Lively aroma of citrus, pine, and resin with a lower profile white bread and biscuit note.

Light to medium body.

The taste is sweet at first and then there is a boastful hop finale. It has similar characteristics as n NEIPA without the haze.

Jan 29, 2020
 
4.29 by ccryder from New York on Jan 03, 2020
 
3.13 by devos900 from Maryland on Dec 24, 2019
 
4.46 by dflo32 from North Carolina on Dec 21, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by cbutova from Massachusetts

A- Slightly cloudy super pale cereal yellow body from the tallboy into a becher. Frothy one finger white cap and plentiful webs of lacing.

S- Bright and hoppy as soon as the can pops open. Juicy stone fruits are the major aroma here with dank, tropical and citrus influence as well. Apricot, tangerine, mango, creamsicle, orange and grapefruit as well as floral hints.

T- Shifts flavors a bit but avoids any acrid or powdery flavors here. Citrus becomes strong and an intense floral and herbal hop flavor comes out. Grapefruit, orange creamsicle, dank weed, berries, citrus zest, apricot and tangerine. More zesty than juicy on the taste buds. Pale barley, crackery, bready and whole grain hints. Light sweetness.

MF- Smooth and luscious creamy texture to the medium body. Carbonation is moderately high and it ends with a strong zesty bitterness.

Juicy aroma and a fruity but more zesty and bitter hop profile on the palate.

Nov 26, 2019
 
4 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania on Nov 03, 2019
 
4.79 by swierczt from Connecticut on Oct 05, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Crowheadhopper from New York

Wow! These guys in Brandon sure know what the hell an IPA is! At 5.5% the drinkability is over the top. They've squeezed the best out of what Vermont can offer and produced an exceptional session ipa. Thank you bro's!

Sep 11, 2019
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4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Antg8989 from New Jersey

A close to phenomenal IPA . Smells like orange juice and tastes like a plethora of citrus and tropical fruits. For 5.5% this thing packs an absolute tone of flavor. Highly recommend or a tasty, yet reasonable ABV IPA.

Sep 04, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Arjen from Netherlands

Draught @ Beer Temple. Pours a cloudy yellow colour and a big dense white head with good retention and lacing. Nose is lovely juicy, citrus, some resin and light onion. Retronasal it's much less, just light straw and light bitter. Flavour is above moderate bitter. Light bodied. Finish is short but firmly bitter.

Aug 30, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JamFuel from Sweden

Pours a hazy yellow with thick, soft foam.

Smell is herbal with notes of pine, green tea, peach, citrus and papaya. Slightly earthy.

Taste is herbal and fruity, with notes of pine, peach, melon and tea. Soft bitterness with a slight hint of earthiness. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a very nice lower ABV IPA, refreshing and balanced.

Aug 22, 2019
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4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Jvukas from New York

One of the best IPAs. Great taste, with a complex flavor profile. I wish it was easier to find. Great stuff. If you see it. Buy it.

Aug 05, 2019
 
4.45 by DMC43 from Connecticut on Aug 03, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

Update notation from a can Opened on 4/15/20*

Slight white haze within a straw golden color. Loose and bubbly white foam is a nice rocky top. Leaves a bunch of lacing

The aroma is very much West coast style APA hops and malts with a lighter appearance. The malted grains are actually smelling like old English malts, husky and slightly toasty. High toned pine, citrus and grapefruit comes out of the hops, but mostly Cascade style pine. *Getting more of a pilsner style malt aroma, sweet and sour, wheat and herbs mostly*

The hops hit you just like my first Sierra Nevada Pale ale did.. full of earthy pine flavor. The malt side still has some rather robust texture and taste, crisp, full and finishing with an earthy bitter bite, but clean enough.*super crisp beginning, seriously light malt, flavors of a Golden ale and clean German Pils. Sweet golden wheat and tangy grains rounds out the malt features. The hops, I mean, I don't remember this crazy honey dew melon, lychee and lime taste from the first time I reviewed. The finishing flavor is crazy leafy-dry-earthy bite that seems to just evaporate on the tongue*

Pretty much a classic APA with a lighter, brighter malt balance and classic hop tones.* The hops go way beyond a classic APA this time around! With funky melon and green tea things coming out this time. Interesting.*

Jul 31, 2019
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3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by Growlah from Connecticut

This IPA did not make a strong impression on the senses. The taste was not very distinct though the mouth feel was good. It had little of the bitterness I was expecting and was on the sour side.

Jul 30, 2019
 
4 by Pinkylives from Massachusetts on Jul 29, 2019
 
4.5 by redfox405 from California on Jul 26, 2019
 
4.11 by nater919 from New York on Jun 28, 2019
Big Bang from Foley Brothers Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 129 ratings