Fiddler's Green India Pale Ale - Fiddler's Green Brewing Company
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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
3.1/5 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
2.48/5 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
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
3.8/5 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
3.55/5 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
3.63/5 rDev +4.9%
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Cary. Poured into a pint glass.
A golden amber body sits below a nice, 1" off-white head. Great retention fueled by an insane carbonation level. Splotches of lacing dot the glass. Aroma has a nice caramel hop note that's quite resinous, fooling me into thinking this was an American, not English, IPA. A touch of industrial polish, some grapefruit, and a bit of vanilla round out the aroma.
Taste exhibits smooth notes of wheat, caramel, hops, sour grapes, and some alcohol. Mouthfeel falls a bit flat, despite the deceptively fervent carbonation. The finish is weak at first, but eventually ramps up into a good, biting hop aftertaste. I can't say I'd go after this one again, there are just too many other IPA's I'd rather be drinking.
09-06-2007 03:59:13 | More by wagenvolks
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
3.83/5 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
3.23/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
10-12-2007 00:08:56 | More by Drew966
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
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
British Columbia (Canada)
3.63/5 rDev +4.9%
Not bad for my first brew from this particular brewer.
Coppery orange with a dense white head that eases off gradually. Spicy malt scent with pale malt dry-sweetness. A bit too hoppy on the taste: too much floral flavour and not nearly enough malt. Burning, bitter aftertaste that offends as much as it pleases. A bit rich and cream in both taste and body. Better than average, but one can do better.
10-15-2007 05:19:05 | More by BDTyre
Fiddler's Green India Pale Ale from Fiddler's Green Brewing Company
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