Fiddler's Green India Pale Ale - Fiddler's Green Brewing Company
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2.33/5 rDev -32.7%
12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 3/17/09.
A - Clear, grainy-looking amber/orange body with modest carbonation and half a finger of white foam that quickly diminished into a thin, patchy retention and left virtually no lacing.
S - Some perfumy hops with a touch of citrus and sweet caramel malts. A bit of alcohol also creeps into the mix. Doesn't smell too inviting or very IPA-like.
T - Metallic and perfumy hops with a pithy citrus character and sour grape skins. A grainy and caramel malt aspect adds a bit of balance.
M - Thin to medium bodied and pretty watery with a bit of oily hop residue on the tongue and some mild carbonation. Finish is subtly bitter and pretty metallic on the palate.
D - I didn't have very high hopes for this one, but I thought what the heck? Well, I think I should have left this one on the shelf. While this bottle was likely past its prime, I can't imagine the hop character would become so sterile after a few months in the fridge. Not impressed with this one.
03-18-2009 01:43:54 | More by ffejherb
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
3.48/5 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
3.65/5 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
2.93/5 rDev -15.3%
Bought a single of this at total wine and more. Never heard of it and thought I would give it a go.
It pours an orange copper with a head that goes quickly to slight tiny bubbles.
I smell citrus hops and carmel malt.
Taste is a bit too malty for my taste, being an IPA. Also has an orange rind aftertaste that I don't much care for. I wasn't impressed in the least bit with the taste. Drinkability is ok but I'm not going to buy tons of this stuff.
12-02-2008 12:04:59 | More by hoppheadIPA
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
3.18/5 rDev -8.1%
Not a bad beer but certainly not in the top tier of IPAs. Pours a bright copper-orange color with some head and lacing but all pretty standard. The aroma is fruity, a bit hoppy but kind of faint. When drinking the beer there is a decent bitter hoppy bite right away, actually it's nice, more so than I thought judging from the aroma. But after the initial hoppy flavor it kind of levels off. Slightly sweet, bitter and dry. The aftertaste leaves me wanting more. Not a bad price, not a bad IPA.
08-26-2008 19:56:36 | More by changeup45
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
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
2.4/5 rDev -30.6%
Caramel-tinged orange; no head (age?); clear; low carbonation; no freshness date visible
Sweet, candy, syrupy, like dried apricots, but not nearly as appetizing
Taste & Mouthfeel
Starts off oddly sour, then turns bitter, with apricot, lemon, and sugar flavors present; not much malt and not a good hoppiness; somewhat thin-to-medium body and an ok level of carbonation
Pretty lack-luster and bordering on offensive (age?); hops are weak and not very appealing, and there is not enough malt either...blah!
08-11-2008 17:40:44 | More by JEdmund
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
4.58/5 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
2.63/5 rDev -24%
Pours orange with a big white head. Great big aroma of flowers, citrus, and pine. Little notes of sweetness and alchohol on a closer whiff. Taste is small as IPAs go. Also leaves an oily felling on the tongue like microwave popcorn does. Metallic at the end. Not terrible but not that good.
06-25-2008 22:56:11 | More by gonzo46and2
2.78/5 rDev -19.7%
Clear copper amber pour with a modest white head, average retention and minimal lacing.
Aroma is grainy caramel malt and some grassy and herbal greens.
Flavor likewise, a moderate malt flavor of toast and caramel with some herbal and earthy hops. Bittering is very low.
Body is light for an IPA with ample carbonation and average drinkability. The standard Sarnac IPA is much better then this and that's not saying much.
06-03-2008 17:38:03 | More by AlexJ
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
3.13/5 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
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
3.55/5 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
3.88/5 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
Fiddler's Green India Pale Ale from Fiddler's Green Brewing Company
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