Big Bang
Foley Brothers Brewing

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American IPA
Ranked #238
Ranked #3,631
4.17 | pDev: 7.19%
Foley Brothers Brewing
Vermont, United States
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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.
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 101
Photo of Crowheadhopper
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of Antg8989
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of Arjen
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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.

Pretty much a classic APA with a lighter, brighter malt balance and classic hop tones.

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Photo of Growlah
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz undated can.

Pours clear gold with a slight haze and many chunks. Bright citrus in the nose with orange, grapefruit, and pine. On the thinner side of medium bodied with a somewhat watery mouthfeel. Orange oil with grapefruit on the palate. Zero malt with a firm bitterness. Finishes dry with a nice mix of citrus and pine.

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Photo of daudelin2000
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure why this is listed as a NE IPA in the Beer Advocate description. No where on the can does it mention NEIPA. I am reviewing as an IPA.

Pours a mostly clear, very light gold color with tons of white head. Pour slowly with this one.

Aroma is slightly muted. I get lots of bready malt aroma surrounded by tropical fruits.

Taste is pretty explosive compared to the aroma. I get the bready malts in the flavor much like the aroma and tons of tropical fruits. Wow, this has quite an unexpected punch of flavor.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, but at only 5.5% ABV, it is somewhat expected. The bitterness is medium and really rounds out the flavor.

Overall, I LOVE this beer. Drinks bigger than it's ABV, but is totally crushable at the same time. I will be bringing several of these to my next party as it is very sessionable. I can only hope this sees regular rotation.

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Photo of albern
3.31/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge fan. It looks good with a golden orange slightly hazy complexion. There is a bit of a head on the beer, not has hazy as a NEIPA. There isn't much of a nose on this beer. I'm getting some fruit but mostly English IPA malts. The flavor is just okay. It is bittering, maybe a bit of rind, some tartness, but there is a bit of a sourness in the background that I'm not keen on. It may be that the beer has sat too long. There are definitely particles floating about as well which causes me to believe it has been on the shelf awhile. There is maybe some lemony rind bitterness going on. The beer is quite light, not much mouthfeel, not much body.

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Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wish they put canning dates on these

Pours a nice creamy foamy 1 finger head with good retention and lacing, semi hazy lemony yellow color

NOse lemony citrus as well as some herbal potpourri, cereal grains and fruity pebbles like, almost tart, faint pine and citrus

Taste more hops, lemony with citrus oil, rind, some young green stone fruit and a bit of grapefruit pith, cereal grains again adding to more fruity pebbles, a little tart like from the bitter rind, medium bitterness that increases late esp on the finish, dry finish with moderate bitterness and a little herbal potpourri like hops

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice creamy carb

Overall not bad, nice citrus and spice hops, just enough malt to bring cereal base, nice bitterness on the finish... this is a nice IPA, an NEIPA it is not and never said that it is so whoever added this did it wrong.

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Photo of digboy
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a somewhat cloudy orange-gold color with a dense two finger off-white head that settles slowly leaving nice spotty lacing.

Aroma is a little weak, though this can may be 1 to 2 months old. All I get is a light citrus.

The flavor is more robust with a bitter stone fruit and grapefruit up front that turns into pine in the mid-taste. The finish is dominated by a bitterness that hides the flavor for the most part - which I actually like. A solid bitterness is missing in IPAs these days and there's no reason to keep it away.

Feel is a little soft with a medium body, though malt seems to be absent from the flavor profile, As mentioned before a solid medium to high bitterness is present to give it an extra oomph.

I like this one, as I'm a bit tired of the VT DIPAs that bludgeon you with malty alcohol. The upping of bitterness is a huge asset in this one and should serve as a guide for other breweries looking to try out a variant of the NEIPA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

huge thanks to my brother for saving a can of this one for me, it was a wonderful greeting after a long day in the car, a delicious and very well refined hazy ipa, better than so many out there, but i find that to be the case with a lot of them from the green mountain state. there are a few things i really love about this. the first is the low abv, just because it has a ton of hops doesnt mean it needs to be 8% abv, which it seems like everything hoppy from this part of the world is right now. there is still plenty of body and cereal character to support and balance all the hops, but its in a package i can and want to drink more than one of, much appreciated there. the other thing i really like is that as dry hoppy and juicy as it is, obviously a professional level use of these now classic hops, it also has some bitterness at the end to help it finish, to make it taste and drink like ipa instead of a juice box, more of a full spectrum thing, and i think thats needed now more than ever in this style. even though our can had been in his fridge a little while, this still tasted almost perfectly fresh, somehow a little better shelf life than most of them have. i have liked everything hoppy i have ever had from these guys, and this is a nice continuation of that. cool to see them canning now. this is hazy beer as it should be!

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that gradually died down, eventually leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit and piney hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and starts off with flavors of pine and finishes with notes of grapefruit zest. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an interesting mix of piney and grapefruit flavors, although the pine seems to subside somewhat as the beer begins to warm up.

Serving type: can

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into pint

Hazy yellow liquid crowned by a two finger dense foam cap , recedes to a pencil then dense layer after 5 minutes, sticky lacings

Aroma of grapefruit rind, citrus, whiff of pine

Taste of grapefruit and pine hops

Slightly bitter, low sudsing, bitterness lingers

Good beer

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a can glass pint.

A: big Soapy fizzy white head that settles slowly to a film. The body is a lightvtan gold yellow with a slightly hazy body.

S: Lots of pineapple, grapefruit, some kiwi and passionfruit.

T: Good amount of bitterness plays with a lot of juicy fruitiness, the flavors are a bit muted.

M: Fuller bodied with slight chalkiness.

O: it’s not a bad beer but nothing I’d jump through hoops to get.

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Photo of VABA
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a hazy orange color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has abundant citrus and pine hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nicely balanced citrus and hop flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A well balanced well made NE IPA

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Photo of bubseymour
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pretty solid light NEIPA. For 5.5%, has good body and malt to balance the citrus hops. A little creamy and a touch bitter hopped balance as well. Good brew.

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Photo of Brad007
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy whitish-gold hue with a large head into my glass. Equal parts citrus and grassy pine in the nose. Rich, juicy citrus wallop that explodes on the tongue. Crisp, fresh finish with a sweet, doughy citrus feel.

Gives Lawsons' Super Sessions and Alchemist Focal Banger a run for their money.

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Photo of Crentist
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- opaque creamy amber, good size head, looks great already
S&T- floral hops, biscuity malt, no outstanding notes, just a very well balanced NEIPA nose. The hops stick to your tongue but don’t linger nor are they overly bitter. Did I mention this beer was well balanced?
F- a thinner style feel for a hazy ipa but the flavor is all there. A bunch of places in VT are producing these slightly biscuity malt thinner hazy juice. These beers aren’t juice bombs but they lend themselves to easier drinking.

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Photo of bobv
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch white head over a hazy light golden body with some sticky lacing. Nose of tropical fruit and citrus. Taste of tropical fruit with a citrus pith bitterness. Good feel just a tad lacking in carb feel that I look for. I'm thinking this should be enjoyed from the can for a more aromatic experience as the little bit left in the can had a far superior nose than the 12-14 ounces poured into a snifter whose aromas faded rather quickly (as in escaped!) Overall, still a tasty offering from Brandon, VT Cheers!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a nice looking milky/semi-murky pale yellow color with a finger and a half's worth of white foamy head that sat atop and slid off at a fair pace. Mild foamy lace stuck around the glass in one ring near the top and slid off stealthily.
The aroma had a wonderful blend of sweet citrusy hops up front with an underlying yet semi-sturdy piney bitterness rounding out the edges. Little bit of white pepper further in mixing with a clean cracker malt and then a light onion sweet dankiness.
The flavor was moderately sweet with that bitterness from the pine steadying nicely in between the sweet citrus and danky onion. I'd like to say it's "layered" as the various tastes such as bitter, spicy, danky and sweet all show their worth at different times throughout. Moderate aftertaste of the sweet, bitter, danky and spiciness.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation was nice and low as expected for the New England style of IPA. ABV felt on par. Danky to citrusy sort of finish - very low on the piney harshness.
Overall, a very diverse IPA showcasing many different aromas and flavors coming through the use of a variety of hops. Of course, I'd have this again. I have two more cans and will be happy to report any further findings of this beer if I find them.

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Photo of MichaelDunn
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A good tasting beer that despite its lower abv it has a good IPA flavor. Smooth. Light opaque. Excellent choice when the DIPAs aren't what you want. I agree with the comment that Foley Bros is an excellent undiscovered brewer.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full disclosure: I am a Foley Brothers enthusiast. Most underrated brewery out there. Big Bang is another absolute gem from these guys. Classic New England IPA. Very drinkable! Hop bomb!

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Big Bang from Foley Brothers Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 101 ratings