Fiddler's Green India Pale Ale - Fiddler's Green Brewing Company

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Fiddler's Green India Pale AleFiddler's Green India Pale Ale

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 60
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.71%
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Fiddler's Green Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 04-25-2007

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Photo of beeroclock
1.85/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Purchased a single at Total Wine.
Poured into a pint glass to see an orangish copper liquid with little to no head. Partly cloudy...
Smells of aluminum, but this is out of a glass bottle... hmm...
Tastes... uhh, disgusting. It's very flat and tastes of cardboard.
Mouthfeel is watery and flat.
Not drinkable, I managed to finish it, but it was tough and I wouldn't do it again.

*This beer has NO born on date or expiration date listed. I can only assume this was not a spoiled beer and if that's the case, it's not very good. If it's spoiled, well, I suggest Fiddler's Green add a date to prevent us from suffering through something like this. (646 characters)

Photo of TheClassical
2.18/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I saw Fiddler's Green being hyped on the shelf with large green signs and exhortations of medal-earning, award-winning pedigree. I grabbed a six pack, eager for something new, when reason grabbed the controls and I decided to try a single in the make-your-own sixers. All I can say after drinking this beer is that I'm thankful I opted for the single.

Out of a chilled 355mL/12oz bottle poured a warm, pale orange brew. The head was solid upon the pour but disappeared into a muddled white mess quickly. The lacing was barely there. For some reason the word "limpid" came to mind. The beer was very clear, and after a minute, the carbonation seemed to disappear and the beer kind of just sat there, inert. I looked closer and saw that there was a steady if minute amount of carbonation. Suffice to say, this one isn't really a looker.

The aroma felt strong with hops upfront, with a small hint of sugar and malt, with a whiff of fruit in there as well. The scent became dulled and almost stale after a while, with a general lingering hop character. Overall, underwhelming.

The first sip was very flat. A dry hop taste with little bite or character. The taste was very vacuous, with a dull dry bitterness that doesn't follow through. In all honesty, the whole thing tasted watered down; it was the only way I could account for so little flavor. After getting acclimated to the taste, it left a simple and almost annoying hop taste in the mouth, that I was eager to erase with a proper IPA.

Ultimately, there was absolutely nothing special about this beer. Even if you were to gauge this as a training-wheels IPA, it falls short for simply not delivering even a median experience in any category. This is a very safe, bland IPA that will leave anyone fond of hops, variety, or flavor wanting. (1,802 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
2.31/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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. (1,005 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
2.45/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance
Caramel-tinged orange; no head (age?); clear; low carbonation; no freshness date visible

Smell
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

Overall
Pretty lack-luster and bordering on offensive (age?); hops are weak and not very appealing, and there is not enough malt either...blah! (533 characters)

Photo of oberon
2.51/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 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. (545 characters)

Photo of boelker62
2.66/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 1" white, rocky head into a wine glass at a BYOB bought from Total Wine in DE
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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. (655 characters)

Photo of gonzo46and2
2.69/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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. (290 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (423 characters)

Photo of hoppheadIPA
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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. (452 characters)

Photo of 5thOhio
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden honey color, thin head that dissipates quickly leaving just a thin skim on the surface. Some slight lacing.

Light smell of piney or spicy hops.

Good mouthfeel, crisp, medium body, good carbonation which is refreshing for a warm weather beer.

Strong hop taste, not much balance. Hops are kind of piney, lacking citrus flavor. Very bitter aftertaste.

I love a good IPA but don't know if I could drink more than one or two of these in a sitting due to the aftertaste, not especially hoppy, just bitter. (526 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,753 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (596 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (451 characters)

Photo of ewright
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (624 characters)

Photo of changeup45
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (494 characters)

Photo of Drew966
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fiddler's Green India Pale Ale pours a light orange color, with a white head that leaves a decent amount of lace, from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is hoppy as expected, but there seems to be something a little funky or off about it that I can't quite put my finger on. Initially, the flavor is nicely hoppy but with a decent malt backbone that largely remains in the background. There is a fairly bitter aftertaste that isn't quite unpleasant, but yet isn't quite right either. Overall, slightly better than average. (527 characters)

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle with no drink by date. The appearance is a medium amber color that is clear and has ample carbonation and bubbles. It is topped by a white 1 finger head that falls to a thin crown. There is very little lacing. The aroma is sweet and flowery as well as sweet and malty; a good combination of both malts and hops. The taste has a pretty decent hop flavor and the hop bitterness occurs in the aftertaste.

For the style, this is not bad and it is fairly easy to drink more than one. (501 characters)

Photo of FenwaySquid
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color, lots of small carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head formed a decent 1-2 fingrs thick and had nice retention.

Aroma: Floral hops along with some citrus, mainly lemon and grapefruit.

Taste: Citrus hops dominate from start to finish, there's the grapefruit again. Some malts come through in the middle, but it's quick and the hops take over again fast. The finish is bitter and hoppy, almost like grapefruit juice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. The carbonation balanced nicely as well.

Overall: Not sure what's going on up in Utica. The label says Fiddler's Green Brewing Co. but BA's got this one listed under The Matt Brewing Company. Anyways, enough about the brewery, how about the beer? Well, nothing special, that's for sure. Just a typical American IPA with lots of citrus hops. Still I found it enjoyable and would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the style. I'll be sure to buy more, but it won't become a standard in my fridge. (1,097 characters)

Photo of arguemaniac
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Some caramel malt sweetness does it’s 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.

Recommended… (273 characters)

Photo of Traquairlover
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (740 characters)

Photo of nms1987
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (753 characters)

Photo of dgherm
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange. Small white head quickly dissapated. Fruity hop aroma, like pineapple. Taste of mild hop bitterness upfront, then fades away. Fine bubbled lace disappears swiftly. Nicely carbonated. Mouthfeel a tad bit watery.Overall a drinkable beer, just not overly excitng. (283 characters)

Photo of cichief
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six-pack in Laurel, MD.

A- Poured golden with a slightly off-white head.

S- Hoppy, little malt.

T- Citrusy and hoppy, with a bitter astringent aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, dry finish.

D- An uninspiring attempt at an IPA, nothing special about this beer. (278 characters)

Photo of khiasmus
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Copper color with a finger of head that settles to a ring quickly and leaves a completely clean glass behind.

S- Mmm. Rich caramel malt and spicy, grapefruity hops to balance. A hint of pepper and biscuit. An altogether enjoyable nose.

T- Not as good as the nose, at all. But still good. Caramel up front, with some pine and grapefruit quickly following. The finish is where it goes awry: A strange metallic flavor comes in, mixed with unsweetened grapefruit concentrate. I love hops, and I love hop bitterness, but this is the way bitterness is not supposed to be done. Just keep drinking so you don't have to deal with the aftertaste.

M- Smooth and full-bodied at first, giving way to dryness and intense astringency to go along with the flavors mentioned above. The carbonation is spot-on, though, for the style.

D- It gets an average score... very good nose and good flavor, but the finish... I'll drink the six pack, but I'll go to others for standby IPA's. (979 characters)

Photo of deathonthemounta
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

In a US pint glass
Pleasant strong green hop floral comes off right after you pop the cap. After pouring into the glass the smell rounds out with sweet
malt layered with banana and a soft spice, faint metallic in there too. The head bubbled up a fizzy white and settled to a thin Savannah of creamy foam. A nice mountain range of large bubbles in the foam Savannah from the bubbling carbonation as it sits. Lacing already on the glass where the initial head rose and fell.

Holy cohumulone that hop flavor jumps right up and takes hold, stomping all over the malt and leaving lingering bitter hop flavor that crisps your palate. I'll let this sit for awhile and warm. <15 min> Well not a whole difference when it was allowed to warm a bit. A nice in your face IPA with an interesting spicy black pepper flavor in with the hops there. The malt really doesn't stand a chance here. I like it, but you probably need to be a big IPA fan to enjoy this one. dark gold color with a hint of amber. I'll get it again in singles but not a sixpack unless I'm feeling especially feisty. Mouth feel is nominal, it would be my choice for a summer brew (when I'm not chortling down Russian Imperial Stout in the heat, that is). (1,224 characters)

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Fiddler's Green India Pale Ale from Fiddler's Green Brewing Company
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