Native IPA
Foley Brothers Brewing

Native IPANative IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #4,258
Ranked #23,887
3.84 | pDev: 10.16%
Foley Brothers Brewing
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Native IPANative IPA
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance had a nice hazy bronzed brown to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving a messy sort of foamy white lacing roaming all about. The smell had an earthy yet bittersweet citrus to piney aspect with a light underscore of caramel malts. The taste was earthy sweet and the bitterness came across fairly subdued. A light caramel to bitter citrus roamed in the aftertaste and bled into a dry earthy sort of finish. On the palate, this one sat more at a medium on the body with a balance between the sessionable and sipping aspects. The carbonation seemed fine and the bitterness seemed fairly tame. Overall, pretty good IPA I could come back to.

Jun 09, 2017
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GormBrewhouse from Vermont

4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L looks yellow , lightish
S. smells like hops, like citris
T, tastes slightly bitter, but smoothly citrus, not acrid.
F. feels light and refreshing with lingering citerus/piney happiness
O,. An excellent beer

Aug 13, 2015
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Jedoucette from Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Brought some back from a weekend beer run to VT. I have a fridge full of Heady, Second Fiddle and Hill Farmstead and this one can definitely hang with those. Very smooth and satisfying. Nice balanced IPA.

Jul 09, 2015
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TBonez477 from Vermont

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just how I like IPA's. Not overly aggressive and the 70 IBUs are well masked by the malt backbone. This screamed stone fruits to my wife and I, nectarines and apricot.

Jul 04, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #86 (Mar 2014):

Earthy, Bitter, Piney

This small-batch brewer brings forth a very rustic American IPA. The Vermont-grown hops give it an extremely deep grassy, earthy and pine character. It screams New England IPA with ample bitterness yet a balance that brings a high level of drinkability. Well worth seeking out a bottle, or a few.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 7.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Jun 26, 2015
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Perfectly clear bright gold. Head is bright-white and creamy. Drops to a small clumpy creamy cap in short order. Moderate to lively carbonation.

Smell: Tropical and floral. Similar to almost everything else that comes out of VT, at least on the hop profile. Peaches, some ruby red grapefruit, tangerine, and even a hint of pineapple. Some lightly toasted and caramelized malts. Sweet without being syrupy or cloying. Flower petal with some underlying woody bitterness. Clean. Some grass and husky grain. Slight hint of dough. Some hop spiciness as well.

Taste: Milder than anticipated. Some lightly floral elements coupled with a solid punch of tropical fruit. Tangerine upfront with some ruby red grapefruit bitterness as well. Earthy and herbal in good measure with some grass. A touch of mimicked sweetness from the hops. Malts offer up some caramelized sweetness with a touch of undercooked biscuit. Some hop spiciness on the back along with a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly crisp and surprisingly clean.

Overall: Straight to the homeland.

This is the barest expression of the New England IPA. It's the framework on which the legend is built.

Jun 13, 2015
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a clear bright yellow color ale with a nice large pure white foamy head with excellent retention and some good amount of lacing. Aroma of grapefruit juice is just about perfect. Taste is also dominated by fresh grapefruit juice with nice floral undertones, light residual sugar notes and pretty much zero bitterness. Body is about average with good carbonation. Another incredible Vermont IPA!

Jun 01, 2015
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snilsen13 from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is an atypically flavored IPA and worth a try. I found it in Woodstock, VT. It was not an easy beer to find. (April 2015)

A smooth drinker with late-swallow earthy/citrus bitterness that doesn't overpower the sweetness of the malt. The malt has a light toasted flavor.
The finish is mild, like initial flavor - this beer will pair will with foods.
The smell is mild and the beer is hazy with decent head.

It doesn't have the mouthfeel you would expect from a 7%er. Sneaky beer.

Apr 24, 2015
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fulcrumbs from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A must for the craftie to try. The Fair Maiden is my favorite from Foley Bros... but this definitely would appeal to the broader audience at the house. A little less ABV... and very drinkable... will put smiles on folks faces and keeps true to the quality of VT beer.

Apr 02, 2015
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portia99 from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a medium golden color, crystal clear in the glass. A finger cap of fluffy white head has excellent staying power, lasting several minutes and leaves behind a webby coat of lacing on the glass.

S - Quite fruity and estery up front with citrus and pine hop notes. Mild background malt that is bready/doughy and a bit sugary sweet.

T - A bit sweet up front with the fruity/estery character coming through from the aroma. Hops are actually quite floral in addition to the pine and citrus contributions. Hop bitterness is subdued and well behind current IPA trends.

F - Medium body with a similar carbonation. Carbonation is soft, a bit foamy/creamy and only slightly tingly on the tongue. Bitterness is crisp and clean - interesting hop profile which is well balanced.

O - At 7% it is a bit high in alcohol to be a true session IPA, but that is the feel that this one gives...maybe even an APA. Hops are definitely not as assertive as most IPA's made these days

Mar 26, 2015
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 2 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: toffee, earthy;

T: earthy up front; mixes with a little tropical fruit at mid-palate: moderately bitter, earthy finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: OK, but not special in any way;

Jan 27, 2015
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cosmicevan from New York

3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to markro1979 for tossing me this one along with a bottle of fair maiden. It would only be right to drink these as fresh as possible so popping this in ep shortly after finishing fair maiden. Enjoyed in a batch 002 TB 22oz oversized snifter.

a - much like fair maiden a stunning example of how a beer should look. Deep murky amber that glows in the light and has a big frothy generous head that leaves milkshake like lace. Although more watery, still looks great.

s - nose is fairly piney and resinous...some candied sugar in the finish...a bit of alcohol sweetness.

t/m/ o - much different from fair maiden...raw and over hopped in comparison. A bit thin and boozier than fair maiden and overall more of a lighter body with a more resinous hopping. Light and good, but a shadow of fair maiden. Worth checking out none-the-less but not a standout for the style by any means.

Jan 10, 2015
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MNishCT77 from District of Columbia

3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bottle obtained on trade (thanks, Dr. Y. Kanhsil!), unknown brewing/bottling date, poured into my NEBCO Gandhi-Bot large bottom snifter, drank over an hour

Nov 23, 2014
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Pours a hazy vibrant orange color with over an inch of frothy head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is citrus and floral hops. Some caramel malts. Taste is citrus and candy with some floral hops. Caramel malts. Fair amount of bittterness. Finishes with some more citrus bitterness. Pretty drinkable. Not much of an alcohol presence. Slightly dry. Overall, solid IPA.

Nov 12, 2014
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Drunkelstiltskin from Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

As a Vermonter surrounded by many incredible craft IPA's, this brew is securely in my top three favorites of all time. It has a vibrant, bright orange color to it, and leaves a gorgeous lacing on the glass. The taste for me is complex, with multi-layers, but doesn't over do it, allowing the hops to shine. It's 7% alcohol percentage is perfectly in the middle of the range I like my IPA's to be, about 6.5%-8%. It's price point at about $6.99 also makes this perhaps the best IPA for its value. Make sure to add this to your must-try list.

Nov 06, 2014
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Gavage from Nevada

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a hazy orange color with a hearty 2" head that slowly falls to a spotty surface covering with some large bubbles. Citrus and hop bitterness is most notable in the aroma. Caramel, orange, some pink grapefruit, and an earthy hop bitterness creates a nice IPA. Crisp throughout with some dryness arriving late. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Oct 18, 2014
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a nice strong piney burst of hops bitterness. Then some caramel and citrus sweetness quickly follows. The malt character is hearty and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a vice nice IPA to drink for a whole evening.

Oct 16, 2014
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RonfromJersey from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Bright golden orange body, hazy, four plus billowing, rocky, bone china white foam. Good stretchy lace

Inviting citrus aroma, plenty of orange and grapefruit.

A solid sweet malt foundation coats the tongue. Fruity middle, fresh. Mild bitterness.

Prickly medium mouthfeel stimulates the tongue.

A good IPA that probably gets overlooked some in Vermont.

Sep 16, 2014
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

On tap at The Reservoir in Waterbury, VT.

Pours a light copper color, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells typically IPA-like, some pine, grapefruit, and caramel malt. Nothing to lead me to believe this will be exemplary in any way.

This one has a nice balance between hops and malt, but I don't necessarily want a nice balance. The malts are caramelly and doughy, providing sweetness, while the hops simply provide a bit of bitterness, pine and such. Tasty, enough, but pedestrian.

Native IPA is medium bodied, with a sweet, malty mouthfeel, and a lower amount of carbonation.

I've heard their Fair Maiden is much better than this one, so I'm excited to try it.

Sep 16, 2014
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HuskyHawk from Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden/orange with a persistent fine white head. Flavor profile provides noticeable bitterness, but no prominent floral or citusy notes. This leans to the resin/pine side of the IPA flavors, but those fade quickly leaving just a lingering bitterness. Aromatics are excellent and promise some flavors that don't appear. Good but it is missing something.

Jun 06, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright orange. Nice white head. Lacing clings to the glass. A few bubbles remain on the surface.

Smell - Orange citrus. Musty grapefruit. Sweet doughy malts.

Taste - Doesn't live up to the nose. Similar. Orange hops. Grapefruit. Grainy malts. A little bit sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Mild sweetness.

Overall - Enjoyable. Nothing remarkable, but I liked it.

Mar 28, 2014
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Marcusg10 from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice IPA, very flavorful, nice amber color and foamy head. Visited the brewery in person on a clear and crisp January day. The owners are very friendly. I'll look forward to visiting again in warmer weather when the main tasting room is open and the view of the mountains of Vermont is green again.

Feb 01, 2014
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JMScowcroft from Vermont

3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foley Brothers Brewing - Native IPA, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a darker hazy caramel amber with a massive frothy head. Great retention. Lacing abound. Interesting looking brew, swirls of darker caramel in it.

Smell - Citrus and spice (yes, spice) hops with smooth malt underneath. Somewhat astringent and off-putting aroma with the astringency but the rest of it is nice.

Taste - Rich malt, a bit creamy but then a wave of citrus hops comes in after and finishes pine and pepper.

Mouthfeel - Sits slightly bitter and a bit throat warm boozy and peppery. Low carbonation. Medium-bodied. Decent drinkability.

Overall - Pleasantly surprised by their first IPA. Well blended and smooth with a nice hop blast that is unique due to spice. Can't wait to see how this evolves and what else these guys come up with.

Oct 10, 2013
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LittleDon from Texas

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light copper and crystal clear. Pours a decent, but short lived head with little lace. Aroma has lots of caramel. Higher carbonation and lighter bodied than I'd expect. Boozy for a 7% ABV beer. Leans toward the dry side. Tons of spicy hops. A previous reviewer mentioned pepper and oregano, and I get the same (more the former than the later). I could have used a bit more malt.

Sep 04, 2013
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a bomber while driving through VT. Poured in a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, bright copper coloring with a slow flow of carbonation and a creamy, filmy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of subtle caramel in the backbone, with a super bitter blast of hops resin, lemon and grapefruit highlights, and popcorn characteristics. Flavors are a bit on the light side, with a pepper, cedar, and resiny blend of hops characteristics. Malt backbone also comes off a little on the light side. The beer is balanced, but the flavor profiles could pack a bit more punch for my tastes. The aftertaste is tangy sweet, with more of the spicing of pepper, basil, and oregano. Good linger, with a tangy, roasted sweet character on a slick, slightly dry finish.

Sep 02, 2013
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