Fiddler's Green India Pale Ale - Fiddler's Green Brewing Company
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4.58/5 rDev +32.4%
Nice clear gold color with a large pillowy off-white head and very active carbonation that leaves nice sheets of lace. Nice citrusy hop aroma dominates with a touch of malts underneath. As nicely balanced in flavor as it is in aroma; nice hoppiness without being bitter in any way. Medium-light bodied with a nice light hoppy finish.
Very nicely balanced sessionable American IPA that proves you don't have to be over the top on hops.
'0927' lasered on neck
($1.49 / 12 oz.)
07-03-2008 17:25:26 | More by RBorsato
4.5/5 rDev +30.1%
This poured a clear gold color with white head. It smelled like a nice blend of floral and pine hops. It tasted like sweet floral hops with clean and bitter pine hops, and a bit of malt. It was fairly thick with no carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was much better than the Amber. It had good flavor and body that wasn't too simple but wasn't overly complex either. Very nice!
07-25-2008 14:04:46 | More by Pencible
4.38/5 rDev +26.6%
Poured a crystal clearmedium amber color with robust white puffy head. Nice lacing prresent.
Smell is a tantalizing mixture of hopas and malt in the perfect ratio.
Taste is suberb, with the underlying malt sweetness and the robust hop character blending perfectly.
Nice and dry at the finish.
Excellent beer at a great price. Very drinkable.
05-21-2007 22:39:02 | More by tgbljb
4.2/5 rDev +21.4%
Pours a light amber color with a 1/4 inch head that dissipated rather quickly, but left good lacing.
Good floral, slightly grassy smell, with some caramel notes. Quite appetizing.
Taste is well balanced, with a punch of hops, and then smoothness at the end.
Mouthfeel is good, not too oily. Something a could drink a few of, and quite often.
I've never heard of this brewery before. Nice surprise.
04-25-2007 22:53:54 | More by kirkhorse
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
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
4.08/5 rDev +17.9%
Huge hop smell as soon as I opened the bottle to pour. Looks a little light in color for an ipa. Appearance suffers because of a very minimal head with no staying power or lacing.Taste is awesome, matches the aroma exactly, they probably us only one hop variety. The best part is the mouth feel, which is extremely dry. This lends to good drinkability, because I immediately took two more quick sips without thinking about it. Might be a dangerous brew that way, eh ;] It seems like this should be a hoppy pale ale rather than an ipa. Maybe the bad reviews of this are because it doesn't seem exactly to style. As a beer you can drink on a hot summer evening [87 right now in NC] it fits the bill. I'd buy a sixer of this some time.
07-16-2007 22:50:15 | More by bboven
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
4/5 rDev +15.6%
Appearance - Clear amber with a creamy off white head.
Aroma - Fresh grass and citrus hop aroma.
Palate - Very smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation.
Flavor - Smooth malty taste up front followed by a mild citrus hop middle that finishes with an almost tea like flavor.
Final thoughts - Overall a very well balanced ale.
04-14-2008 16:43:49 | More by praufs01
4/5 rDev +15.6%
Poured from 12 ounce bottle to Pint glass
A-Light copper color with a fair head, retained lacing well.
S-Mild citrus smell, very weak
T-Nice flavor, hits the tip of the tongue and holds through swallow
M&D-A very drinkable beer that goes down easy and not a filling beer
Overall- This beer is a good value at 6.99 a sixpack. There are better IPA's, but tough to beat for the price.
04-11-2008 02:11:17 | More by bonkers
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
3.98/5 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
3.95/5 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
3.95/5 rDev +14.2%
Another beer I have not seen in Florida before. And as a hophead, I can't resist IPAs.
This is a light, crystal clear amber with a white foamy head that reduces to a nice layer of sticky foam in my glass.
It has a nice lightly floral hop aroma, nothing huge, but this is not a double IPA, after all.
The taste is good: Hoppy and bitter -- with flavors grapefruit and resin -- but this ale also has a nice malt balance.
The body is smooth and light, perhaps just a bit watery.
This is a nice bitter IPA and I will certainly drink it again.
06-29-2007 01:32:32 | More by Shaw
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
3.88/5 rDev +12.1%
Pours a pale amber with a thin diminishing head. The aroma was of good floral citrus hops with some sweet malts. The taste was dominated by citrus hops with a decent malt backbone. The beer was light and crisp. This is a decent IPA, but far from the best.
05-14-2007 04:25:45 | More by atsprings
3.85/5 rDev +11.3%
Pristine orange with a lively look thanks to all the bubbles jumping off the bottom of the glass. Their destination is an attractive cap that looks like elephant tusk ivory bathed in a soft orange light. I love the creamy rockiness of the crown and the generous amount of lace.
After giving the beer a few good sniffs, I'm not sure why English IPA was chosen instead of American IPA. The nose is comprised of mostly, if not entirely, citric hops from this side of the Atlantic. Orange peel is uppermost and grapefruit contributes as well.
That's odd. The flavor profile favors Jolly Old England. I can't decide if that's because of the softer, more rounded nature of the beer in general, or if it's due to the buttered biscuit taste of the malt and the earthy-citric taste of the hops. I'm thinking Fuggles and/or East Kent Goldings.
At first I was going to say that Fiddler's Green IPA is closer to a pale ale than an IPA... and then I remembered Samuel Smith's India Ale. Actually, this beer tastes a lot like that one, only not quite as well-crafted. As is usually the case, sweetness is favored early and bitterness is favored late. I find myself weakening as the final few ounces approach and will bump the flavor score accordingly.
The mouthfeel is much closer to APA territory. It's still acceptable, though, especially for a beer whose ABV (I'm guessing) should allow it to be sessioned with ease. Thankfully, since this isn't a bitter bomb, palate fatigue shouldn't show up until more than several bottles have been emptied.
This is my 15th Matt Brewing Company beer and is the first one to be granted a flavor score this high. Maybe the brewery should re-think their entire lineup and do whatever they did to make this one so good and so drinkable. If you like English IPAs with an American twist, consider giving Fiddler's Green IPA a home in your glass.
05-23-2007 13:18:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.85/5 rDev +11.3%
I must disagree with the posts below. The bottle I'm drinking right now is not incredibly hoppy at all. Perhaps a formula change took place. The level of hops in what I'm drinking is appropriate for an APA but this certainly doesn't seem to be an IPA. Regardless, it's a tasty sessionable APA.
01-11-2008 19:28:09 | More by HardcoreKeith
3.83/5 rDev +10.7%
A pretty average IPA but with enough of a hops blast to keep it interesting. Pours a reddish gold with a medium size head. Some retention and light lacing. Smell is fairly faint but a hint of hops. Tastes pretty good. Some hops bitterness, definitely an IPA. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Usually with an IPA, even if the first impression is that it is a bit weak in mouthfeel, the resiny coating builds up and the mouthfeel appears more rich. Not the case here. Nice dry finish. Drinkability is good. Good hops taste, crisp and fairly light. Not one I would seek out, but a nice session beer / summertime thirst quencher.
08-04-2007 17:51:45 | More by JayQue
3.83/5 rDev +10.7%
Thanks go out to hoppymeal for this one.
Pours from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Very clear, obviously filtered, fairly pale amber color, topped with a white head of decent size. A bit spotty at times and doesnt really last very long. Minimal lacing.
Aroma is fruity and citrusy. Also, some alcohol is available in the nose as well. Good caramel aromas to back the abv and hoppiness. Maybe even some lemon rind and orange peel in there.
Very nice balance between the caramel malts and hops in this one. Seems a little piney in flavor and some juniper berries. Alcohol is slightly detectable. Not sure of the abv, but I guess around 6.5%. Seems weird to have citrus in the nose and more English flavors in the tongue, but, whatever.
Light to medium bodied with a very dry finish. Formerly, the dry finishes kind of bummed me out, but I am beginning to find that a more redeeming quality. I liked this one. Nothing spectacular but good enough to get the job done. Easy drinker as well.
12-06-2007 22:04:02 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.8/5 rDev +9.8%
Pours a light amber with a wispy head. Aromas of fruity apricot and grapefruit, balanced by round maltiness at the end. Taste is crisp, with predominantly grassy and herbal hop flavors. A touch of apricot in the background. Quite dry in mouthfeel and fairly spritzy as well. A fairly tame ipa,dryer and softer than most, but pleasant.
12-06-2007 17:25:28 | More by Georgiabeer
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
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
3.68/5 rDev +6.4%
Semitransparent orange golden body, low carbonation. Creamy off-white head. Good retention and lace.
Harsh resin hops, fresh grass and mild caramel.
Very powerful hop flavors right up front, abit too much but still ok. Toffee and a hint of roasted coffee. Aftertaste dominated by harsh resin.
Medium body and coating.
Good drinkability. A hopheads IPA.
06-15-2007 23:51:06 | More by oelergud
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
Fiddler's Green India Pale Ale from Fiddler's Green Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.