Fiddler's Green India Pale Ale - Fiddler's Green Brewing Company
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Reviews by ralree:
4.13/5 rDev +19.4%
A: Amber colored, nice 2-finger head, great lacing. Pretty good retention.
S: Grapefruit, but not as much as many others. Doesn't smell quite as sugary. Caramel malt is curiously strong, and the hops come in underneath it. Smells like the malt might be a little overpowering.
T: Very pleasant fruit flavor - some grapefruit and lots of apricot. Really tangy. The hop flavor is hidden under it just a bit, but is strong and nice and bitter. This stuff tastes like candy - I like it quite a bit. The roasted caramel malt isn't what is sweet in this - it adds a toasted bread flavor to the background that complements the other flavors well.
M: Carbonation is a little high. This is a pretty dry and clean beer, which is good. Leaves the mouth feeling refreshed and clean. It's medium-bodied and non-astringent. A good mouthfeel overall.
D: Drinks pretty well - would be good for a hot summer day. Definitely good for someone who wants a fruity IPA that drinks well and isn't too sugary.
08-15-2008 04:04:52 | More by ralree
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2.48/5 rDev -28.3%
The most non IPA IPA I think to come across my palate.Poured a clear medium golden with a fluffy 1/2 finger white head that had decent lasting power,now how many American brewed IPA's are clear golden?Still a decent pour.Absolutely no hop profile in the nose except maybe a hint of laundry soap,its mainly toasted grain and light biscuit malt.Again flavors exert no hop profile, a little watery mouthfeel makes the beer even fall more flat.Its a basic golden ale in my mind with a very faint floral hop presence,its light and grainy eh just bad.
05-29-2008 23:11:01 | More by oberon
3.88/5 rDev +12.1%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours clear pale yellow with a nice uneven lumpy white head with long retention. Lacing was great and went all the way down the glass.
S: Wonderful fresh flowery hop smells are first and foremost with a very faint secondary malt aroma.
T: Mostly citrus hops present, of course and are first to affect the senses, but they do not overwhelm. The pale malts come in second but are well blended with the hop bitterness. Another interesting thing about this is that the hops are flavorful, as is the pale malty goodness, but they both exist in their own way without walking all over the other. Nicely done. The finish is a complex combination of faint malt and refreshing hop linger.
M&D: Light mouthfeel is heightened by a very fine light carbonation that stays with the whole brew. As far as IPA's go, this is definitely worth trying out and I'm glad I came across it at the store.
04-06-2008 23:49:32 | More by SIRIUS2
4.1/5 rDev +18.5%
Purchased from Total Wine Triangle Town Center in Raleigh. The label leaves a bit to be desired and is limited in its information. I would say that the taste is quite good indeed. Pours with a thin head and a golden hue. Very drinkable as its well balanced and not overwhelming. I would recommend this to a friend.
05-01-2007 01:42:34 | More by Caesar1pup
3.78/5 rDev +9.2%
slight hazy apricot color. pours thick and settles slowly leaving nice horizontal lacing. nice center foam island, quite sudsy.
not hoppy at all on the first big swirl and sniff. if anything, quite sweet smelling cereal, raisins, dates? catching a yeasty sense, but very subtle. not bad.
some hoppiness asserts, but the malt/bready character comes right in, in the aftertaste (esp. sides of tongue it seems). it's certainly above average, but compared to others and the obvious grading curve....it's good, but not characteristic enough to stand OUT...now granted, as it warms (i am not slamming this as i would, yes, i know, a nuggest nectar...!), it expresses a little more depth. nice, would drink it again, definitely. just don't think i'll buy it again...is this by Saranac product?
mouthfeel delivers pretty nicely. creamy carbonation balance is nice.
nothing offensive at all...afraid of hops? don't worry, you'll be able to chug this. but don't do it too fast...there are notes to pause over. i think this might be better on draft. and i always want to return to something i think can be better. i can't heartily recommend it. i will suggest all beer advocates give it a shot for the education. overall, above average to good.
03-11-2009 21:43:42 | More by mempath
4.03/5 rDev +16.5%
Fiddler's Green India Pale Ale from Utica, New York is a drinkable, probably slighty stronger than average strength IPA that leans on the English tradition. It pours a clear, dark amber body beneath an average-sized head of creamy white foam that holds well and leaves some nice rings of lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is fairly basic, but full, with grassy, mildly citrusy, and lightly floral hops floating atop a delicate bed of subtle, softly bready and caramelish malt. In the mouth it's medium bodied and smooth with a slightly restrained, fine-bubbled and moderate carbonation. The flavor balances the gently caramel-accented malt quite nicely with the grassy, leafy, and mildly floral hops. Underneath, a solid bitterness anchors it, and it finishes with a bold, lingering bitterness amidst fluttering notes of grassy and floral hops. It's not a knock-you-over-the-head IPA and I can appreciate that. Rather, it's meant to give a little more kick and some more hop flavor to the tastebuds while still remaining fairly drinkable all around. Nicely done.
04-25-2007 21:52:54 | More by NeroFiddled
3.98/5 rDev +15%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden amber color with a small fizzy white head. The aroma features a nice array of citrusy hops with just a touch of both malt and caramel. The taste starts out with a smooth maltiness and is quickly followed by a nice long hop bitterness that lasts well into the aftertaste. Overall, this is a very solid IPA that I certainly would not mind having again. It really is a bargain at $6.99 a sixer. Recommended.
05-29-2007 04:41:11 | More by cjgator3
3.95/5 rDev +14.2%
Picked up a single bottle of this- was unsure what to expect since this is the first time I had seen this.
Poured into a standard pint glass-
A- An amber color with some golden hues. Minimal lacing- nothing really- small cream colored head.
S- Smell was of citrusy hops- some grassy/earthy/floral scents.
T- Hmmm. Enjoyable mouthful of hops, quite unexpected. Some sweet (caramel,malty almost) flavors.
M- Sticky and dry, but not to the point where I have a completely dry mouth.
D- Close to being sessionable.
VERY good and unexpected IPA. Will look for this again.
09-05-2007 22:23:01 | More by DavidSeanNJ
3.48/5 rDev +0.6%
A.... Golden orange kind of color. Somewhat hazy. Nice head.
S... My sinuses are getting at me so I can't really go into details right now but what little of it my nose is allowing me to smell smells like an IPA should.
T... Wonderful straight-forward citrusy hop burst. Kind of grapefruity as the beer warms. Very citric hop attack. Not too heavy on the malt but there is some muted sweet malt in the backgroud if you look for it.
It isn't an overwhelming hop attack, nor is it very bitter, but it is high in flavor despite only moderate bitterness.
M... Carbonation is fine. The hops tingle on your tongue. All is well here.
D-- Goes down enjoyably. I look forward to my next sip
PS--- At only 6 bucks a sixer at the Total Wine this is a bargain.
01-24-2009 05:46:56 | More by nms1987
3.13/5 rDev -9.5%
A: A moderate pour yields a finger of head atop a light copper brew. The head dissipates quickly to a thin layer of bubbles with moderate lacing.
S: The aroma is dominated by a solitary note of minty hops. Nothing complex and no malt nose showing through.
T: Not nearly bitter enough to call itself an IPA. What bitterness is present is accompanied by minty notes evident in the aroma. The malt plays a minor background role in balancing the beer.
M: Thin. The lack of bittering hops leaves the tongue wanting for more.
D: There's nothing wrong with the beer, but there are plenty of better IPAs available for the price.
04-20-2008 19:49:36 | More by ewright
3.65/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Amber in color with thick, foamy, 1.5" head, which left nice lacing as it dissipated.
Can definitely smell some citrusy hops, but it is also pungent at the same time.
Tastes of sweet malts and hops, though the hops are not as dominant as would be expected.
Medium in body with lots of carbonation. Crisp taste with a slight aftertaste of hops. Easy to drink. This would be a good introductory IPA for someone who hasn't tried the style because the hops aren't too dominant.
12-30-2008 06:19:27 | More by KOPBeerDrinker
3.1/5 rDev -10.4%
Ok, so this has been staring at me on the shelves of Total Wine and more for god knows how long, and for some reason I avoided it like the plaque, no idea why just thought it wasnt gonna be good just based on how much they were hyping it up. Went for a couple mixed sixers and finally decided to throw one in and see how it was, I figured what the hell.
Well it poured a very clear, I mean crystal clear golden amber with a small white head that quickly faded leaving behind very minimal film on the top. A slight glass layer of lace streaked down as I sipped but this was again very slight and not particularly noteworthy. Lots of visible carbonation was evident in the many streams of bubbles coming up from the bottom throughout the entire session.
The smell was definatly hoppy, but somewhat muted or watered down. Definate citrus notes could be detected, light orange and tangerice, maybe a bit of grapefruit with a touch of sugar sweetness in the back. Again though it just did not seem like a full aroma, something was lacking. First impression of the taste was the same. Somewhat thin, light IPA, hey maybe this is a light IPA? Anyway, very smooth light feel, decent carbonation with a little bit of a thinness to it. Nice bitter finish, but it just lacked that punch to put it over the top. Nothing really evident, profile wise other then the citrus hops, perhaps a bit of sugar, but just a standard fair light IPA.
Overall I wouldnt say that my feelings were justified in avoiding this, howver it is rather forgettable. I mean it is better then your standard macro, and is totally sessionable, however so are alot of other brews that have a much fuller and more balance flavor. Ehh give it a shot if its around, you could do worse.
07-05-2007 23:42:09 | More by mikesgroove
2.65/5 rDev -23.4%
Poured a 1" white, rocky head into a wine glass at a BYOB bought from Total Wine in DE
Sparklingly clear light amber body.
The nose is a great indicator to the tase on this brew. Floral hoppiness with little malt backbone. The hops used in this brew are empty in the backend. It seems there are multiple varietals used, as the combination of them ends up being a subtraction of the subtleties of the individual ones.
The initial flavor has a faint sweetness, and a heavy, non-varietal bitterness, that leaves a dry feeling on your palate, and this from a hop head. The duration of this dry finish was oo long for me to seek out more of these.
06-19-2007 13:01:06 | More by boelker62
3.98/5 rDev +15%
Pours a clear golden amber with a soapy 2 finger head that dies quick to a small amount of lacing. Smell is very unusual to me. Very floral hops, a small amount of citrus and maybe some strawberry. Smells exactly like a handful of potpourri. Taste baffles me just as much for an IPA. Grassy, floral, again the potpourri. Medium in the mouth. Balanced. Good carbonation. Decent drinkability I suppose. Im very confused at the moment, this does stretch the IPA boundaries but I dont think I will come back to it.
09-05-2007 06:07:04 | More by franksnbeans
3.43/5 rDev -0.9%
12-oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
A = Clear, light amber, medium sized head with good lacing, carbonation level seems relatively light made up of medium sized bubbles.
S = Light smells of grapefruit is the main smell I get, but on second and third smells, I get some good sweet malt scents. Quite refreshing.
T = Citrus tastes pervade, mostly lemon with a hint of grapefruit, some floral notes, too, refreshing, but not very complex.
M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating, carbonation level just right -- not stinging, not too foamy.
D = This is not a complex or very strongly hopped IPA, but it is very refreshing and pleasant. I would definitely recommend trying it, I just don't think it will necessarily become my IPA standby.
02-09-2008 16:05:49 | More by Traquairlover
3.7/5 rDev +6.9%
So, the bottle states it's from Fiddler's Green Brewing Company. But BA say's its actually Matt Brewing Co. who are the makers of the Saranac line.
I've enjoyed Saranac's in the past. Let's give Fiddler's Green a go!
Pours a slighty hazy gold orange into my Lucky Labrador pint glass. Fairly weak head and retention.
Aroma at first was citronella, with orange and grapefruit notes.
Interesting english IPA flavors, which i'm not used to living out here in Oregon. Leafy/cholorphyl with pine. Again, I am getting citronella for some reason. A dry bittering is there too, making it not too smooth in the mouthfeel. Also a light sugar/saccarine flavor in the aftertaste.
It's a good reproduction of a classic English-style IPA. Not excellent, but solidly drinkable.
02-20-2008 02:57:12 | More by SurlyDuff
3.1/5 rDev -10.4%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!
A: Pours a hazy amber hue with a nice one finger dallop of bubbly off-white foam. Loads of sticky lace left behind.
S: Smell rather sugary, sweet, and syrupy. Waaay too malty. Hops show elements of citrus but are overpowered by the sweet caramel-y malt.
T: See above and add a little toasted malt. Meh.
M: Dry, spicy, and a touch oily. Nice.
D: If it were 100 degrees out this one would probably fare a little better. However, it's 30 out and there are much better IPA's available just about anywhere.
11-28-2008 17:06:41 | More by GbVDave
3.43/5 rDev -0.9%
Some caramel malt sweetness does its best to balance against a rich, peppery hop spice with a leafy, vegetal character and even a nice floral note.
While the balance is merely sufficient, I must say I was impressed with the rich, tasty hop character here.
09-03-2007 04:06:41 | More by arguemaniac
3.58/5 rDev +3.5%
Smell is citrusy like grapefruit and cascade hops, slight hint of molasses. Pours to a deep golden color with little head that is quickly gone. Taste is hoppy but not the bitterness expected for IPA, the bitterness however comes through in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated at the start then very astringent. This is a very basic example of an IPA, no bells or whistles here just straight, here it is hops. Tastes alot like an ideal homebrew. Great example of an IPA good down to earth brew. I recommend as a session brew. Not recommended for the faint of hop.
08-16-2008 19:24:15 | More by mooseisloose
3.55/5 rDev +2.6%
12 oz single bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.59...
An aggressive pour yielded a lucid, clear, slightly carbonated amber color with a minimal frothy head that soon dissipated and left a minor amount of lacing...
Faint aroma of hops and citrus noticeable, but not too strong or pervasive...
Subtle, non-aggressive, light-bodied taste with a minimal suggestion of hops and nectar... Overall, the nose and mouth were not too exciting or appealing, but pretty mediocore and average...
Good drinkability due to the relatively low alcohol percentage and lack of cloying flavors...
A mediocore stab at the style and nothing above and beyond...
04-08-2008 18:10:07 | More by dsa7783
3.13/5 rDev -9.5%
12 oz single. Amber coloured ale, clear, large frithy off white head, dont look too bad at all. Spicy ,hop aroma OK, slight maltiness in the back. Peppery hop, spicy flavours that start off actually quite strong and nice, but strangely dissapear half way through the mouthfeel, leaving just thin caramel malts then the bitter after taste. Strange! Mouthfeel is rather on the watery side, but not really bad. Overall its a drinkable but not a good IPA.
06-04-2007 13:15:51 | More by Reidrover
Fiddler's Green India Pale Ale from Fiddler's Green Brewing Company
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